Milwaukee Police rescue flag from burning

 
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Milwaukee Police rescue flag from burning

Apparently a protester decided that last week’s GOP debate was a good time to burn a flag in the middle of Milwaukee. I'm not going to even figure out how one flows from the other. But if people want to protest something (whether genuine or genuinely asinine), who am I to say no? Either way, Milwaukee police officers were having nothing to do with the flag burning, and it's sort of burning up the Internet today. Alas, I am sitting through 14 hours of a two-day lecture on intellectual property, so my postings will be short. But I did want to share the video and a brief snippet of the article itself.

From JS Online:

Photos and video of Milwaukee police officers folding a flag burned during a demonstration downtown Tuesday night generated a lot of reaction on social media.

Thousands of people were downtown Tuesday night for various events, including the GOP presidential debate, demonstrations and the Bucks game. During the course of the night, police saw a burning American flag set on fire by a protester near N. 4th St. and W. Kilbourn Ave. and put it out using a fire extinguisher....

Police later held a small ceremony to properly fold the flag, which was soaked with gasoline and partially burned, before placing it in inventory. The flag was taken as evidence for possible charges against the protester, said Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn at a Veterans Day event Wednesday morning at the War Memorial.

"Our officers engaged with this crowd in a restrained manner," Flynn said. "They recognized that as obnoxious as it can seem, flag burning is protected speech. The question is, is it endangering the third parties, and that's what we're acting upon."

The demonstrator has been identified by officials, although police did not release his name. Flynn said the person has previously been convicted for arson.

  

Bravo to the police in Milwaukee.

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Thank you!! no more can be said.

Compulsory community service for flag burners, double for SCOTUS

roast them then send them to the rest of the dog eaters .. if they dont like america leave .. useless rat bastards ..

I think that our government do not have to explain to a person who burn our beautiful flag, who is our proud symbol of Liberty, should be remove his or her citizenship and sending them to a 3rd word country, or better send them to the firing squad.

Flag burning is "Free Speech"; but, as always; FREE SPEECH DOES NOT MEAN INTELLIGENT SPEECH!
It's a sad day in this country; Our President refuses to acknowledge we are in actual danger from ISIS and he insists his strategy is the right one. In the meantime, everyone (who actually is paying any attention) is upset about "Republicans Said", "Democrats Said", "Hilary Said", "Trump Said" and not understanding -
Anyone under 50 or so years old, and their friends, children, etc. will reap the horrible consequences of the inaction and lack of courage, leadership and boldness on the part of our POLITICIANS, MILITARY (yes, military; I am a Vet) and CITIZENS!
I am an older citizen and may not see the breakdown, but am sure my Adult Children and Grandchildren will suffer from this Ostrich behavior!

Great job.....Thank You !

no supreme court justice should be in for life. especially now when they follow there political party. they are bias and do not interpret the law as it is written.

follow the law.

Don't see the Republican-appointed justices following the party line with any real frequency, so I don'tknow as that is uniformly applicable. But I agree that if the Founders made any real mistakes in formulating our Government, it was in lifetime tenure for all Federal judges. They never foresaw the power they would be allowed to assume unto themselves -- indeed, Hamilton saw the judiciary as being the least powerful branch of the Government in the Federalist Papers rather than "coequal" to the executive and legislative. They also never foresaw eighty years or more as being a rather typical lifespan when at that time it was less than fifty.

I am reading Mark Levins' "Liberty Amendments" , a compelling read. In the book He addresses the Supreme Court and its justices suggesting "tiered term limits" 12 year terms with 3 justices replaced every 4 years. The idea that SCOTUS justices are immune to human frailty and don't decline mentally as well as physically is absurd. Levin also sites actual cases of mentally disabled judges serving on SCOTUS even though they were no longer capable. John Rutledge 1795, Henry Brockholst Livingston 1806, Henry Baldwin 1830 and there are more. These guys had lifetime appointments and were certifiable.

Don't see the Republican-appointed justices following the party line with any real frequency, so I don'tknow as that is uniformly applicable. But I agree that if the Founders made any real mistakes in formulating our Government, it was in lifetime tenure for all Federal judges. They never foresaw the power they would be allowed to assume unto themselves -- indeed, Hamilton saw the judiciary as being the least powerful branch of the Government in the Federalist Papers rather than "coequal" to the executive and legislative. They also never foresaw eighty years or more as being a rather typical lifespan when at that time it was less than fifty.

Those policemen are great patriots. They stopped the burning of a flag that stands for not only our country, but for the blood shed by our heroes, men and women that fought under that flag, and for all who have served our country in the uniform they chose.

May God Bless all of you

I still feel Nixon administration's elimination of the draft was a mistake and the cause of all of Americas current ills. Bring back the draft and let the military knock some Common, Christian and Patriotic sense into the heads of the of the trash of Americans bred during and after the 70's.

Burning the flag should be an act of treason.karen

Hope that they wouldn't stop anyone from burning the ISIS flag. They seem smart enough to know the difference between friends and enemies, unlike some modern Americans.

Hope that they wouldn't stop anyone from burning the ISIS flag. They seem smart enough to know the difference between friends and enemies, unlike some modern Americans.

Please disregard the duplicate. If a moderator can delete it I ask that it be done. Must have shaken a little as I pressed the button. Thanks.

I burn flags every day... You people are unbelievable stupid.... You should burn with it... Burn down the USA... Give it back to those you stole it from.....

Ed, it is time for you to go put your head back in the sand because you are embarrassing yourself and don't even know it.

I Am a Veteran. USMC 1970-1978

Way to go Milwaukee PD. Perhaps some day one of these clowns will catch on fire while doing this shameful deed.

I for one am proud of the Milwaukee Police and if the idot that was burning our beautiful flag was to catch on fire maybe they would wait awhile before trying to put it out once they have recovered from their burns send them to Russia and let them try burning a flag there they make me sick.

I for one am proud of the Milwaukee Police and if the idot that was burning our beautiful flag was to catch on fire maybe they would wait awhile before trying to put it out once they have recovered from their burns send them to Russia and let them try burning a flag there they make me sick.

Bravo, again and again, to these Milwaukee PD officers who grabbed and saved our flag from some worthless anti-American scum who set it afire. I'm a Vietnam-era Marine Corps combat veteran of four years' active duty. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I hope, with new-found courage in the White House, that we'll pound the ISIS dirt-bags into recognition that we'll not cave in to their murderous kidnappings, suicide attacks (no virgins in paradise for those bums) and cowardly beheadings. If they don't get the message, then it's time to do what France has FINALLY done and step up our refusal to accept the behind-the-back attacks from gutless pukes who know no humanity other than their own wife-beating/wife-cloaking/children-abusing version.

Thank you to the the Milwaukee Police Department. I am a 100% disabled Veterans and I am sick to my stomach by the bleeding heart liberals's. God Bless You.

I have burnt a great many American flags (to many to mention) the right way.I have been a past commander of both the American Legion and VFW, with a ceremony and an honor guard, because we are PROUD OF THOSE STARS AND SRIPES
thanks

I feel the Milwaukee Police Officers that rescued our flag, a symbol of freedom that many of us served under and many gave their lives for, should be given a medal for service above and beyond, Thank You for your service. May God bless you and keep you safe in the performance of your duties.

From an old Marine (Once a Marine always a Marine) I'd like to see the nut who burned the flag, himself burn! By the way the Legion should also start a campaign to stop the sale of American Flags not made in the United States. In edition the narrow minded Armyvet should recognize there are other than Christians offended by the flag burning.

This is an infringement on the 1st amendment. I didn't serve so jack booted idiot cops could make value judgements for others. This cop behavior is disgusting, you either BELIEVE in the 1st and 4th amendments or you don't. Police confiscated PRIVATE PROPERTY without compensation and the officers should be reprimanded.
They violated their oath: On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my
character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution (except when someone is doing something I consider a sacred cow), my community, and the agency I serve.

There are allot of ways for one to express his/her feelings or disagreements with whatever political issue (s) one may have. The first amendment, while not specifically permitting the destruction of the flag, doesn't prevent it. You fail to remember the tens of thousands before you that fought under that flag with honor, and respect for the very thing it stands for. To veterans from all generations the flag is scared and not to be taken lightly. It's a symbol of the very spirit in which they fought and sacrificed. It has covered the caskets of those that gave the ultimate price for YOUR freedom. To these men and women the burning of the flag is an insult. To disgrace it by burning it in protest is a cowardly act, permitted by the mere interpretation of the Supreme Court, that failed to consider that the first amendment is in regards to speech. Speech is defined as verbal expression not physical destruction. Now stand back and ask yourself about the very oath you took upon entering the service. That oath did not end with your discharge.

My father was 30th Infantry Div WWII,my oldest brother was 2nd Infantry on the DMZ in Korea 65/66 In jim Scouts,next oldest was 101st Vietnam him and Dad are gone, I'm a former RA Military Police, burn that flag in front of me I guarantee 1 thing, you'll be on your back and wishing you hadn't did it. Did 2 years SF 12th Gp too.

I salute the actions of the MPD officers involved in rescuing and honoring our flag and sincerely hope letters of commendation go to each, as well as to their department. At the time this was going on, my family and I were celebrating the Veteran's day celebrations in my father-in-law's hometown Veteran's day parade. He is 92, and is a WW2 Veteran and former Post Commander of both the American Legion and VFW. I'm 68 and a Vietnam Veteran, and we have ridden in that parade together for 20 years. It is an honor for us to have served, and we fly our Flag proudly every day. To see it so abused, as in this case in Milwaukee, and disrespected / dishonored these days tells us our country is now in peril from within by those who don't understand or care to know what freedom is, a failing of education and a complete breakdown within our own government which seems to be creating a profound lack of patriotism and a sense of hopelessness. Rather than burn our Flag, we need to be raising and waving it, restoring our faith in what it should be representing, and honoring the sacrifices made to ensure the survival of freedom. To make sure liberty exists, one shouldn't be destroying the symbol, but helping to rescue it and everything it takes to preserve it ...for all.

Thank you to these men in blue for what they did. As a retired Army Combat it does my heart good to see and read about real American citizens still standing for our great country and I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. This a great symbol of our country and WE as AMERICANS should let anybody put our flag down.

I am a former Marine Combat Veteran, Korea and Viet Nam and I would never permit the burning, or any type of desecration of my flag, not on my watch, not in my presence. Too much blood was shed to keep our Star Spangled Banner free from abuse. And please do not write and give me any of that politically correct crap concerning the 1st and 4th amendments, I make my own laws and rules when it comes down to protecting the honor of our Great Country. Semper Fidelis, to My God, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Corps and to our Country.

Amen, my Veteran Brothers, that flag draped my Father and Brothers coffins and thousands of others, I for one remember the Vow we all took when we raised our right hand. My Father said when I volunteered it was a vow actually for life.

Revolting! Thank you Milwaukee PD. You are my heroes!

I am Black and an Air Force Veteran. I would never consider burning the flag of this great nation. Apparently those fool have never visited or live outside the USA. I strongly feel if you hate this country so much; believe it or not you have the right to leave. That is one of the things I love about living here...Freedom...to do what I RESPECTFULLY like.

True Americans, I hope they jailed the wimps .

Nothing short of Treason.

thanks to the Milwaukee police for having the courage to stand up against burning the flag.

I have buried members of my family, friends and fellow service members.. Being retired military perhaps I have a different opinion than those who would destroy our flag and dishonor America. But I can say that as long as I can stand, you will not burn my flag !

Just a thought......
I wonder how many members of the supreme court served, any length of time, in the military?

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