A handmade Thin Blue Line flag that was created and donated by a Connecticut police officer was removed from its display in the State Capitol this week after Democrats demanded that it be taken down.
The officer makes wooden Thin Blue Line flags in honor of the men and women who protect and serve our communities. When he donated a handmade flag to the SCPD, a group of officers got the proper permissions to get the flag mounted at the Connecticut State Capitol building in honor of the Officer Down Memorial Tunnel.
The flag had been hung for about a month. This week, a number of Black & Puerto Rican Caucus members reportedly got together and lodged a formal complaint to their legislative leaders, asking the Executive Director to have it taken down.
And he did.
Without any explanation to the officers who donated it, without any transparency to the public, the flag was suddenly removed and placed in a storage closet, waiting to be returned to the man who created it.
OFC Scott Driscoll, the Public Information Officer from the Connecticut State Capitol Police, issued the following statement.
“The Connecticut State Capitol Police Department submitted a request to fly a thin blue line flag in the Legislative Office Building/Capitol Building concourse; this area is set up as a law enforcement memorial. The request to display this flag was to remember those officers who died in the line of duty and their families. The request was approved by Legislative Management and was hung. On February 20, 2019 the flag was removed. Any further questions about its removal should be directed to Legislative Management.”
Those who complained over the flag being displayed in the Capitol claimed that the symbolism behind the flag represents an opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“In the context of history behind it a lot of my members expressed a lot of concerns especially in this building,” said Rep. Brandon McGee, (D) chairman of the Black & Puerto Rican Caucus.
“We are not anti- you know – police; we support our men in blue but we also know that given the history around black people, people of color with respect to this particular issue. I just think it was necessary to share our concerns with our leadership,” McGee finished.
Other representatives were disturbed by the flag’s removal. J.R. Romano, Chairman of the CT Republican Committee, offered the following statement.
“It’s incredibly disappointing to not understand that this flag is meant to honor police officers that were killed in the line of duty. And it’s extremely disrespectful to the families of those officers that this flag was removed,” he said.
To add insult to injury, the spot where the flag hung was specifically reserved for a police memorial.
So because a flag… an American flag, has triggered certain people, officers who have given their lives in the line of duty are no longer honored in the Capitol building.
If you remember from last year, a Connecticut Democrat by the name of Minnie Gonzalez found herself in the media spotlight after trashing police officers in a legislative hearing over a police accountability bill.
“This bill is to hold accountable and to stop those cowboys that, because they got a bat and a gun, they think they can go shooting especially young kids in our community. This is not the Wild Wild West. And no consequences. Those cowboys doesn’t belong in the police department. This abuse has got to stop.”
These are the same out-of-touch politicians that are furthering the divide between the public and police, all while making it seem like they’re fighting for the common man.
In an article Wednesday morning, NBC 30 Connecticut News called the flag ‘controversial artwork.’
Naked statues are controversial artwork.
An American flag honoring and supporting the men and women who go to war for us every day is not ‘controversial.’
Our stars and stripes are not ‘controversial.’
The meaning of the unity behind the stars is not ‘controversial.’
This removal is not only sad; it’s what the President of the CT Fraternal Order of Police called a direct attack on officers around the country. It’s our elected government leaders saying: we don’t care about police.
And it’s not just here. Recently we’ve seen a giant rise in cities across America offering sanctuary to illegal immigrants, refusing to have their officers comply with members of ICE. We’ve seen judges releasing hardened criminals back onto the streets. We’ve seen governors pardoning murderers and convicted felons.
To our politicians: what is happening to the sense of right and wrong in our country?
When is the false narrative that police are racist killers targeting unarmed black men going to be publicly addressed and corrected? (Here’s the proof…)
If we don’t speak up about the way officers are being treated now… what will our future look like?
I’m not staying silent.
Are you with me?