Burning the American flag may not be illegal in this country, but it is not something Clinton police were pleased to see while out on patrol. Especially from a group of local teenagers, one of them being from the Netherlands.
A Clinton patrolman stopped a group of teenage males who were burning a flag in a Lower Center Street parking lot last week.
NJ.com reported that according to police, 19-year old Matthew den Hollander of Pittstown drove the teens, ages 14, 15, and 16, to the parking lot. Den Hollander parked in a handicapped space, and three of the teens, also from Pittstown, pulled the handicapped sign from the ground.
The boys then stole an American flag from a Main Street business, and the 17-year-old boy from the Netherlands used a lighter to set it on fire.