Milwaukee police officers are respectful of the American flag because of the liberty it represents.
Black Lives Matter protesters just want the freedom, and couldn’t care less about the flag — or the country that affords it.
Democratic State Sen. Lena Taylor posted several photos of protesters outside the Milwaukee Theatre where the Republican presidential debate was taking place last night, including one of a protester standing on an American flag and pointing at it.
Taylor posted several photos from what she called the “circus in town.” Some included the “#Hillary2016” hashtag.
A short time after protesters trampled and tried to burn the American flag, police officers Joel Rossman, Jedidiah Thompson and Jutiki X recovered it.
The Milwaukee Police Department posted several photos, as well as a video, showing the officers picking it up, folding it properly and saluting it.
The department posted a video of the officers folding the flag:
OFFICERS CEREMONIOUSLY FOLD AMERICAN FLAG BURNED BY PROTESTEROFFICERS CEREMONIOUSLY FOLD AMERICAN FLAG BURNED BY PROTESTERMilwaukee Police Officers Joel Rossman, Jedidiah Thompson and Jutiki X gave honors to a flag tattered and burned by a protester.This evening brought thousands to downtown Milwaukee for the theater, basketball game and the debate. During one demonstration, a protester set an American Flag on fire.Milwaukee Police Officers, seeing the burning flag in the crowd, immediately grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. The plume from the fire extinguisher prompted reports of tear gas being used. These reports were false.The flag was taken to be inventoried for possible charges against the protester.Milwaukee police officers later conducted a small, dignified ceremony to properly fold the flag before placing it on inventory.
Posted by Milwaukee Police Department on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Police said protesters circulated rumors than officers had deployed tear gas when in reality, they had used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
According to the Facebook posting, officers held a “conducted a small, dignified ceremony” for the flag, folding it and taking it “to be inventoried for possible charges against the protester.”