Two Canadian men may face charges of flag desecration and vandalism in California over a controversial display of Olympic pride.
Police in La Quinta say the men are accused of taking down the American banner and replacing it with a Canadian flag after Canada beat the U.S. in the men's gold-medal hockey match at the Vancouver Olympics.
The U.S. flag had been on display on a mountain and was maintained by a private citizen in honour of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The flag was found damaged.
A complaint has been sent to the district attorney's office, police said. The men could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
Police identified the Canadians as Ryan Smith, 25, and Matt Siefert, 26. Both are said to be residents of the state.
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