Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country have taken to the streets nearly every night since November 24.

On that night, the grand jury decided not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Some protesters have been peaceful and even patriotic. Others have been anything but that.

Images of protesters burning American flags in the streets and on sidewalks have conjured up passionate responses from those on every side of the debate — especially those who have put their lives on the line protect and defend the nation.

In a video uploaded to YouTube Sunday, a man recording questioned a Ferguson police officer about another matter, but before the officer walked away, he made one thing very clear:

“Just so you know, the Guardsmen have come over to look for pieces of the American flag that got burned.”

“Why is that?” the man asked.

“Because it’s an American flag,” the officer said.

Moments later, National Guard troops…

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