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Photo shows Miami police breaking U.S. Flag Code


Just one day after President-elect Donald Trump suggested that anyone who burns an American flag should be subject to jail time or loss of citizenship, a Florida law enforcement agency violated the U.S. Flag Code.

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The Miami Police Department uploaded a photo to its Twitter account showing an officer writing on an American flag.

"During a free luncheon hosted by our cafeteria chef, veterans sign the (American) flag and write encouraging messages," the department captioned the photo, using the hashtag #SupportOurVeterans.

But according to one section of the U.S. Flag Code, "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture or drawing of any nature."

While some argue that people who have served in the armed forces "have earned their right to write whatever they want" on the flag, others said that the act was "a way to desecrate" the flag.

It's unclear what prompted Trump's message about flag burning or if he's seen the Miami PD's writing on a flag.

Currently, the Flag Code is not enforced.

Previous laws aimed at punishing those who desecrate the flag have been ruled unconstitutional, the reasoning being that the First Amendment protects a person's right to free speech or expression of an idea.


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