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During a protest calling for a “world without America” on Thursday, members of the Revolutionary Communist Party burned an American flag outside the White House about an hour before President Trump was scheduled to speak at the Lincoln Memorial as part of his “Salute to America,” Townhall, the Washington Examiner and others reported.
Protesters also threw the burning flag on uniformed Secret Service officers. A veteran grabbed the burning flag and attempted to put it out before Secret Service officers used a fire extinguisher.
Examiner - People - Officers - Hospital - Treatment
According to the Examiner, three people were detained and two officers were sent to the hospital for treatment:
CARL DIX, A REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBER, TOLD THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER OFFICERS ASKED WHO BURNED THE FLAGS BEFORE MAKING THE INITIAL ARRESTS. DIX SAID THE THIRD PERSON DETAINED IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE PARTY BUT DEFENDED THE FLAG-BURNERS. THAT PERSON WAS APPARENTLY RELEASED WITHOUT BEING CHARGED.
IN - A - STATEMENT - THE - SECRET
IN A STATEMENT, THE SECRET SERVICE SAID TWO OFFICERS “RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE ARRESTS” AND WERE TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.
THE SUPREME COURT HAS FOUND FLAG-BURNING PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT, BUT THE SECRET SERVICE SAID JOHNSON AND THE OTHER MAN WERE ARRESTED ON DIFFERENT CHARGES. ONE FACES A CHARGE FOR “FELONY ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER AND MALICIOUS BURNING” AND THE OTHER “FOR OBSTRUCTING A POLICE INVESTIGATION AND RESISTING ARREST.” THE AGENCY...
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