In a strange and (many people argue) seemingly backward move, a Maryland Police Department has been forbidden to display a “thin blue line” American flag because it might offend Black Lives Matter supporters in the community.
Basically, supporting the police is being seen as “divisive.”
A Maryland police department has been banned from displaying a ‘thin blue line’ flag after it as dubbed ‘divisive’ of a community, some of which argues it was “dismissive of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
On Wednesday, cops shared their intention to display the gift, with a tweet that included a picture of three cops, who appear to be white, accepting the flag from a resident and his son.
“Thank you to resident James Shelton, who presented Montgomery County 5th District officers with a wooden American Flag that he had made in recognition of National First Responders Day,’ the picture was captioned. ‘The flag will be displayed in the 5th District Station.”
It [supposedly] evoked memories of 2017’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia…
However they were stopped in their tracks after many community members responded with negative reactions.
‘This flag, the symbol of ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ excuses police violence against black residents, and mocks those who affirm that #BlackLivesMatter,’ one person tweeted. ‘That is not what @MontgomeryCoMD stands for. Take down this tweet, and do not hang up that flag!’
‘The Blue Lives Matter flag & movement were created in response to the Black Lives Matter mvmt. The primary purpose isn’t to honor cops; it’s to demean & diminish the Black Lives Matter mvmt—illogically, as being a cop is a choice & being Black is not. It’s racist. Take it down.’
Black Lives Matter is an activist movement formed in 2013 that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. [However, the only ‘activism’ most people have seen from the group includes rioting and violence.]
On Friday Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich stated ‘because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted in any public space within the Department’
Proponents of Blue Lives Matter say it’s meant to support and honor the work and sacrifices of law enforcement officers.
Thin Blue Line USA, which sells the flags, says the thin blue line represents offices in the line of duty and the black represents fallen officers.
However Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich ultimately decided displaying the wooden flag was a no-go.
‘Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones and I understand the concerns of the community. The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissiveness to others,’ Police said Elrich wrote in a note. ‘Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department.
‘Under my administration, we are committed to improving police relations with the community and will immediately address any action that stands against our mission.’
The decision left some in support of the flag fuming.
‘For those on this thread bashing the thin blue line…wish the police could add your phone number to their database so when you call in desperate need for help they can take their sweet sweet time responding…’ one social media user hit back.
Another tried to gather support by asking others to retweet her message. She posted: ‘Actually, since they Can’t Display this Beautiful Gift. The Father & Son should Start Making & Selling these, I know I would Definitely buy one to display at My house, because #IStandWithOurPolice! As I know Many people do. I am not Afraid to Show My Respect for the Police! RT.’
The public backlash and subsequent decision on Friday not to display it left some in support of the police flag fuming
‘This is great. I love it. Unfortunately the “Black Lives Matter” movement is more important than the “Police Lives Matter”? Hello, there are many people of color on the police dept. that are very brave and very proud keeping our communities safe. “All Lives Matter”, a social media user wrote.