LAPD bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag

Fox News reports that the Police Department of Los Angeles, California, has just placed a ban on Thin Blue Line flags. 

For those unfamiliar with the Thin Blue Line flag, it is a black and white American flag with a thin blue horizontal line across the middle. The symbol became popular in response to the political left’s anti-police agenda, including the “Defund the police” movement.

Background

The idea of the symbol goes back to the story of the thin red line. Police1 explains:

A red-coated Scottish regiment of the British Army during the Crimean War heroically stood, outnumbered, against repeated Russian attacks. This effort of the 1854 battle, most notably associated with Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” was described by the British press as the thin red line.

Police1 adds that “the idea of a line of brave defenders standing between peace and chaos was borrowed by law enforcement whose typically blue uniforms were testimony to true blue loyalty and steadfastness.”

For proponents, the Thin Blue Line flag has become a symbol of solidarity with law enforcement. For opponents, on the other hand, it is a far-right symbol that stands opposed to police reform.

In other words, the Thin Blue Line flag has become a controversial symbol.

The ban

According to Fox, the LAPD “banned the Thin Blue Line flag from public areas within police departments.”

LAPD Chief Michel Moore has explained the decision in an email that he sent to Fox. According to Moore, the ban came in response to a community complaint about the flag. The complaint argued that the flag “symbolized support for violent extremist views, such as those represented by the Proud Boys and others.”

Moore claims that he views the flag as symbolizing “the honor, valor, dedication, and sacrifice of law enforcement to protect our communities.”

But, he said that, “unfortunately,” the flag has been “hijacked” by extremist groups with “racist, bigoted and oppressive values.” And, this is why he ordered it to be taken down.

“Utter disgust”

Suffice it to say that not all LAPD officers agree with Moore’s decision to take down the Thin Blue Line flag.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, a union representing police officers in the country, put out a statement, saying:

It is difficult to express the level of utter disgust and disappointment with Chief Moore’s politically pandering directive to remove Thin Blue Line flags and memorials for fallen officers from all public areas within our police stations.

The union said that it “vehemently” opposed Moore’s decision.

Moore, though, has not backed down.

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