Bar Raises Blue Line Flag, Immediately Pulls It, Donates To Anti-Cop Group

SandyMalone

A gay sports bar in the nation's capital took down the thin blue line flag after being told it meant something else.

Washington, DC – A gay sports bar in the nation’s capital took down an American thin blue line flag and apologized on Saturday for having flown it.

Nellie’s Sports Bar, located at 900 U St., NW, was hosting an LGBT police officers’ group at their establishment and so to welcome the officers, they ran a thin blue line flag up one of the flagpoles above their entrance, the same way they’d had an Irish flag up for St. Patrick’s Day.

A thin blue line flag is an expression of support for law enforcement, and it is not affiliated with any particular law enforcement agency or organization.

But WTTG reported that shortly after the blue line flag was hoisted, somebody told the bar’s management that a blue line flag was a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, and cited it as an opposing movement to Black Lives Matter, who many in the LGBT community support.

“Soon after the flag was hoisted, we learned from our customers and the community that this flag is also used to undermine the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, and we promptly removed it,” Nellie’s wrote in the apology posted to their Facebook page.

If they had checked, the management of Nellie’s would have learned what the flag they’d flown actually meant. Instead, they rushed to humbly apologize and beg for forgiveness from Black Lives Matter supporters.

“We in no way meant to state that we are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, especially in the wake of Stephon Clark's tragic death and the disturbing new facts coming to light in the Alton Sterling case,” the bar wrote in the apology.

“We now understand that flying this flag – at this point in time, in particular – was at best tone deaf, and at worst offensive. We sincerely apologize to our customers and our neighbors for this egregious mistake, and want to assure you that this flag will never fly at Nellie's again. What it represents to you is not what we want to represent, or what we want our bar to be,” the post finished.

This certainly wasn’t the first time that the act of flying a blue line flag has been attacked; however, usually the people or entity flying the flag defend their actions.

In this case, Nellie’s understood what the flag meant when they put it up, and they took it down because people who hate the police complained.

But Nellie’s didn’t just apologize for their actions. The bar also announced they were going to make a donation to make up for supporting police.

“We messed up. There is no excuse. We will learn from this and try harder to make Nellie's the safe, welcoming space for all that we want it to be. Thank you for teaching us this important lesson. We want to make this better -- so we will be sending a donation to No Justice No Pride, and recommitting ourselves to learning more every day,” Nellie’s posted on its Facebook page.

Nellie’s suffered blowback from both Black Lives Matter and police supporters after the incident.

The bar was repeatedly accused of failing the black community by not having properly researched the meaning of the blue line flag prior to flying it in messages on its Facebook page; however, all of those complaints assumed the blue line flag meant anti-Black Lives Matter, which it does not.

Police supporters expressed their anger and frustration on the page as well.

“The thin blue line undermines BLM the same way the Pride flag undermines straight people,” Dom Martorelli posted underneath Nellie’s apology.

“It would’ve been nice if Nellies would’ve educated themselves about that flag instead of going off of hearsay from someone’s opinion. That’s ok, myself and LGBTQ officers can always spend our money elsewhere at other establishments especially during National Police Week,” Roger James posted, referring to the week in May when law enforcement officers from around the country descend on the nation’s capital to remember fallen officers and celebrate their legacy.

Blue Lives Matter reached out to Nellie's Sports Bar for comment but did not receive a response.

Comments (33)
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angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Nellie's is ANTI POLICE! That much is clear!

bronx163
bronx163

Very ignorant of the restaurant. Listening to black lives matter terrorist who went around dallas and ny inciting to kill cops.

Fop and local cops should counter protest saying the establishment is anti-police.

bronx163
bronx163

And maybe even a little specific zero tolerance
Enforcement around this cop hating place.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

I will definitely not visit this place. I will spread this story to all my fellow Fed leos who live in that area. I get if you want to take it down...but to change your tune and take the word of a movement thats built on lies! Instead of concentrating thier anger on police for allegedly killing blacks, why dont they also concentrate on black on black crime in cities like Chicago, Memphis. St louis, i can go on and on...they hate cops but expect us to protect them when s$&@ goes south or when they need us they call 911! And we respond becuase we are color blind! I am so sick of this garbage. That thin blue line flag means what out sacrifice for out country and no matter what we will always do our job. (There may be a few bad cops but thats they real minority)

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Give it a rest. BLM has never advocates for violence against police.

Second, the flag shouldn't be flown anywhere. It's an abomination of the American flag.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn So you take offense to the Police flag but have no difficulty supporting mindless athletes who kneel during the anthem. Oh, that's right, anything black is okay while all things police are not.....gotcha.

RunCop
RunCop

I'll bet these lgbtwxyzmorons will fly the black lives splatter flag. Lowest common denominator kin folk!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
First off, you're trying to make a distinction between 'black' and 'police.' it's a subconscious thing for you to see black as opposite police, that you see as white.

Next, the kneel had nothing to do with the flag. If they came in to the field with a BLM flag that was an abomination of the American flag, I'd say something. But they havent, so that's not my argument.

And the blue lives matter flag is an absolute abomination to the American flag. Try addressing that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
Their flag is an original, and not an abomination of the American flag. I'd have no problem with it.

Don't you have a meth lab to manage, Cletus?

bronx163
bronx163

BLM HAS ADVICATED VIOLENCE AND REBELION.
THEY ARE A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.

bronx163
bronx163

Not my fault if 90 percent of crimes in inner city are caused by people of color. Stats dont lie.
Nyc 98 percent of all violent crime is done by
Shit bag People of color.
Not all people of color.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
I'd love to see those stats. Care to post the link?

And crimes are caused by the population. I'm sure 99% of crimes in Montana are committed by white people.

bronx163
bronx163

If BLM FLIES THEIR BS FLAG PD FLIES THEIRS.
ITS THEIR RIGHT.
BLM CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. BLM SHOULD WORK ON 2000 people of color shot last yr. wasnt white guys killing 15-35 y/o mls and females. Cops shoot to preserve their lives.

bronx163
bronx163

Baltimore and chicago highest per capita murder rate in nation
And suspects were shitbag perps of color killing and robbing own people. Good people of color should not have to live like that.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Wrong, Cheech. The police are made up off all kinds of races and nationalities. You're the one who consistently defends blacks no matter what they do. You and groups like BLM have made it a racial issue. Even your savior, Barry Hussain Obama, made sure to portray the police as racist monsters. Remember Michael Brown and the comments made by those in the BLM movement and Obama. Remember when Obama sent White House reps to Browns funeral? Brown a felon who committed a robbery and then attacked a police officer? Oh, that's right, I'm sure you forgot those "teaching moments". The flag is displayed during the anthem, so yes it has everything to do with it. Oh, and I proudly display the Blue Lives Matter flag from the front of my house. People in my neighborhood love it, Cheech.

bronx163
bronx163
bronx163
bronx163

I guess you say stats are made up.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
No, a PowerPoint presentation does not count. There are federal departments responsible for checking these things.

Where did this commissioner get his stats from? What is his source?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Of course they love it, Lying Bitch. You're all clowns. Good job flying an abomination.

bronx163
bronx163

Retard nypd has there own compstat bureau.
Feds dont do stats for nypd. They do their own because these are stats in nyc. So suck it. Stats dont lie. So what now?
You have nothing to say.
Chicago is the same shit.
Blacks hispanics are the main culprits killing one another not whitie or cops. 2000 shot 600 murders. And all vics were people of color by people of color b

bronx163
bronx163

And calf
Ubare confusing fbi uniform crime report with nypd stats. And fbi gets its stats from local towns city and states.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
You're in no place to callI anyone retard, old bitch. Also, i crossed the report with analyses of the report, and these stats are misleading. There is a small number of blacks and latinos, gang members, doing a vast majority of killing. Not at all a representation of NTC as a whole. These reports are used to justify stop and frisk.

bronx163
bronx163

I gave ubstats and u cry profiling. These are the people vics say who assaulted them robbed raped them. Is what it is.
So choke on it.
Majority of violent crime in nyc s committed by shitbag people of color to some times innocent people of color.
So stop your left wing bs.
Liberal policies have done nothing for black community. Look at black congressmen districts and aee the high poverty crime and destruction. Baltimore chicago is the best example of it.
Stop this nonsense the feds are ones who write stats for nypd they dont.
Socialism never worked.
Thats why ussr collapsed in 1989.
Its all bs just stealing from those who produce something in society.

SheepDog1
SheepDog1

Love the quote from the bar: “We messed up. There is no excuse. We will learn from this and try harder to make Nellie's the safe, welcoming space for all that we want it to be." Safe is one thing it won't be.....idiots just alienated their safety net. SMDH

LEO0301
LEO0301

You know so little as to be dangerous. Just checking, are you playing with your little sailor figurines today while singing "I'm Popeye the sailor man"?

Propolice
Propolice

Screw the bar owner. Can’t wait til he/she needs the police

Bigold
Bigold

I haven't been an officer but have been the grandson,nephew,cousin of many officers and their safety net is safe. An honest officer will do his/her job whether they disagree with you or not. That's why I respect and honor the badge and the job


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