Police extinguish burning flag and take it into inventory with respect (VIDEO)

Milwaukee police on crowd control duty outside the GOP Presidential debate rushed into put out a burning American flag set on fire by protesters and showed the banner proper respect.

As noted by the MPD in a statement:

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.