A Madison, New Jersey man accused of destroying Pride flags in his city

MADISON – A Morris County man has been arrested and charged with mishandling Pride flags.

Cormac M. McNamara, 21, of Madison, removed six flags from light poles in the Waverly Place area on June 9, borough officials said. Some of the flags were also found to be in poor condition because they were in McNamara’s hands.

Officials said surveillance video from a business showed McNamara throwing Pride flags into the trash outside Chase Bank.

The flags were recovered and turned over to the Department of Public Works. Beginning June 10, flags will be flown again for the remainder of Pride Month.

McNamara was arrested and charged with the crime on June 10.

Mayor Robert H. Conley said Madison remains a community for all.

“Since 2019, we have proudly flown Pride flags downtown to recognize all LGBTQIA+ residents whose impactful and lasting contributions have made Madison a vibrant community in which to live, work and visit,” Conley said in a written statement. “I commend and thank MPD and DPW for their quick response to this matter and their quick work to reinstall the Pride Flag.”

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