ORLAND, Fla. – A Ring doorbell caught video of a Florida man setting an American flag on fire while it flew from a homeowner’s porch.

Now, police are looking for the man who started the fire.

The video, which was posted to Facebook, appears to show the alleged arsonist walk up to an American flag flying from the porch of an Orlando man’s home. The suspect appears to stare blankly at the flag for a few seconds. Then he walks away.

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A video posted to Facebook shows the suspect setting the flag on fire. (Facebook)

 

But when he returns, he produces a lighter and sets the flag ablaze. 

Then he stood back and watched it burn.

Police say that the entire incident lasted approximately seven minutes, after which the suspect turned and left the area.

Neighbors were shocked to hear that something like this would happen in their neighborhood. 

“It was heartbreaking to see that someone was willing to go to those lengths. It looks like somebody was having a good time with some alcohol earlier in the evening, which probably played a part, but still doesn’t justify the action,” neighbor Jessica Harper said in an interview with NBC 2. 

Fox 35 reported that the incident happened at the home of a 45-year-old Orlando man who lives on East Kaley Street in Wadeview Park.

 

The homeowner discovered the burnt remains of his flag and called police just after 5 p.m. Authorities are still on the lookout for the suspect. 

The Amazon Ring doorbell is equipped to take video footage when motion is detected. Ring has partnered with hundreds of police departments across the country in an effort to better investigate domestic crimes. 

American flag burned outside Orlando home

Who would do this? An Florida homeowner is hoping this surveillance video will help police catch the person who set his American flag on fire.

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Back in June, President Trump supported legislation that would make it illegal to burn the American flag. 

The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senators Steve Daines of Montana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and in the House by Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas.

 

It calls for the U.S. Constitution to be amended in a way that would give Congress “constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag.”

 

Kramer went on:

“Adding a Constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another Constitutional amendment,” he continued, “rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for.”

 

The amendment would be the only way to go about banning flag burning. That’s because the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that flag-burning is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

Critics on social media were quick to attack the proposal.

Some say an amendment like this would be an insult to the country and what we stand for.

“Because I respect the flag and all those who sacrificed so much for it, I would never even think for a moment to desecrate everything it stands for by supporting a dictatorial Constitutional Amendment to outlaw burning the American flag. That’s an insult to freedom and democracy.”

 

Here’s how the process works.

Amendments can be added to the Constitution if two-thirds of both the House and Senate agree on a proposal and then three-fourths of the states ratify it, or if two-thirds of state legislatures call a convention to propose changes to the Constitution, and then three-fourths of the states ratify the change.

As for now, the law stays the way it is. But as for the future, we’ll have to see. 

 

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