Business Owners Face Threats, Vandalism After Flying Blue Line Flags

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Two St. Louis businesses are facing threats and vandalism after flying American Thin Blue Line flags.

St. Louis, MO - Two businesses have been the targeted by threats and vandalism in St. Louis after they showed their support for law enforcement by flying American Thin Blue Line Flags.

Brenda Gonzalez with KMOV spoke to business owner Cherri Elder, of Elder's Antiques about the harassment.

Elder says that her family has owned the business for 32 years, and that she has formed relationships with the police that patrol by her business.

She decided to show her support for those officers by flying a thin blue line flag in front of the store, and that's when the harassment started.

“People came by, they would cuss at you, harass you,” Elder told Gonzalez. “They would harass the customers.”

Elder was forced to take the flag down in an attempt to stop the harassment - but it didn't stop.

After the flag got taken down, she had a sign posted on her door saying "Pig supporters not welcome. Flag goes down or YOU go down."

The sign had the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union drawn on it. The symbol of the genocidal socialist state has recently been co-opted by anti-police communists such as antifa. The symbol on the sign was accompanied by the letters MLM, which stand for Marxism–Leninism–Maoism.

Elder isn't the only one having trouble. Nearby, DeMay Ltd. Furs & Antiques had their flag stolen and their front window smashed in.

"I have every right to fly a flag," Elder told Gonzalez. "I want it to come back to some kind of normalcy where people have respect for each other."

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Police have not released any information about leads on suspects or arrests.

Do you think that there should be enhanced penalties for making threats or vandalizing property with the motive of silencing speech? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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bronx163
bronx163

Screw them hire off duty cops and crush these cockroaches.

Commander_Thorn
Commander_Thorn

Amen, People who disrespect cops for no reason should be stabbed in the gut and left to die because the law enforcement they so hate so much won't be there for these scumbags, they are the true pigs not the officers.

Jesyrocha
Jesyrocha

Everyone i s all about thier freedom. Freedom to bare arms, freedom of speech, and racism is a big subject lately. How come these store owners cant have freedom to fly the flag of their choice? Sounds like racism against officers. If you want to keep your freedom, dont take someone elses away from them.

RunCop
RunCop

Stand in wait and beat the POS turds when the come back!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

To be fair, the flag is an abomination and shouldn't be flown in any kind of official capacity.

Also, stop calling it "American" blue line flag.

Oldmp
Oldmp

You don't like my BLM flag? Oh, excuse me, The Thin Blue Line "American" flag, The Blue Lives Matter flag? Come take it out of my hand! Betcha can't do it by yourself.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Do you say the same thing about the thin red line flag? Or is it just a police issue to you?

Not intending to be a jerk, I'm honestly asking.

Zevv
Zevv

Sorry. Not racism against cops. Cannot be racist against cops as someone cannot be racist against Muslims. Prejudice, very much so. Sorry for nit picking, though I completely agree with you.

Zevv
Zevv

Wow. You must be a bot. You need to grow up, and stop being a little piece of crap, The annoying prick that is always in the room, the itch you cannot reach...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 does the thin red line bastardize the American flag like the Thin Blue Line flag? if so, then yes, I'm also against it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jesyrocha please explain "racism against officers"?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Zevv the flag is the definition of abomination to the American flag. the first thin blue line flag, which was black with a blue line horizontally in the middle, is totally fine.

The current one though, is a disgrace.

Aaron57
Aaron57

The thin red line flag is identical to the thin blue line, except the line is red. It represents fire fighters... Ems also has a version, I don't remember the color.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Aaron57 then they are all abominations, it doesn't matter what they stand for. The Blue Line flag, and all other first-responder flags like it, are as noble as this flag. Sure

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/maven-user-photos/bluelivesmatter/news/wT6b2S7BBUKIXu_cI8SL1g/Gk_EaDNDn0ehwbsPnZzECw

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

sure they may all stand for something good, but they are still all abominations.

Scattered
Scattered

Here we go again. Didn't see your comments on any other stories but you wait till you think you can use your cop haters rhetoric. You sound like a broken record. They can fly any flag they like. Why do you hate them so bad? Probably a felon anyway.

SparkyAZ
SparkyAZ

Why isn't this considered a "hate crime"? These lowlifes obviously hate cops and cop supporters. And they target same infringing on their civil rights. Or why not charge them as domestic terrorists for scaring these people. Thats it, bring in Homeland and throw them in gitmo

b1rd
b1rd

I didn't realize you cared. I thought you served so people could have freedom of speech. You know, like kneeling during the National Anthem and stuff.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Usual antifa garbage. And do these muppets think they would be allowed to do their shit if the MarkistLeninistMaoists were in power?? They'd be shot on sight.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

St Louis has become the cousin of Chicago and gives the rest of Missouri a bad name. Now the politicians won't approve a bill upping the penalty for those who kill K9 Police Officers. "They" say the dogs are racists and are taught to hurt only black people. SMH.

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

The store owners should be able to defend their business. Shoot the pieces of shit that most likely live off the taxes the business pay. Nobody misses these kind of fucking disgrace to all races

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered so the Thin Blue Line flag and the Gay American flag are fine to you then?

Alright.

Commander_Thorn
Commander_Thorn

They still are meaningfull and fine, however Lesbians and Gay's are not killed every day for doing there job.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Commander_Thorn but what they all have in common is that their flags are absolutely terrible.

Scattered
Scattered

Why are their flags terrible? So u are against gays who are born that way in case you didn't know and cops for risking our lives every day for trying to save our lives by people hell bent on murder, rape, robbery, assault, and on and on. But you find it an abomination??????????? to fly a flag in support? What do you think of the American flag?????

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered are you trying to Strawman, or are you not able to read my comment about how those flags are abominations of the American flag?

Yes,they are abominations. They deliberately take the American flag and change its design. Are you even American? How are you not aware of this?

Scattered
Scattered

I am one of the biggest Patriots you have ever seen. I will be posting pics soon. I contribute to many causes, support our Vets, abused animals, children's hospitals, police depts, all the gun clubs, the list is endless. I think the flag represents our fine women and men in law enforcement. I fly a Trump flag, POW flag, Rebel flag, blue lives matter flag and American flag. There is no shame in my game. I treat everyone how I want to be treated, have a ready smile for all but don't put up with no bullshit. If I see a guy beating a woman, a cop struggling with a suspect, a person abusing an animal or a child I am there. I will fight for what I believe or die trying. That's me.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered great. I hope you have the original Thin Blue Line flag, which was both stoic and pretty eye-catching. Instead of the terrible American flag knockoff that is currently being peddled.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered Haha wait, you fly a Trump flag?

I'm not laughing at your political affiliation or whoever you chose to vote for. But flying a flag specifically for a guy? That's fucking weird

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered and you fly both the Confederate and the US Flag? That's also pretty weird, what with you calling yourself a patriot and all.

b1rd
b1rd

@Scattered Now if it were people kneeling or stepping on the flag Hi_estComnDenomn would be all over free speech and all.

b1rd
b1rd

Hi_estComnDenomn claims to have served in the military to protect that speech. Just not yours.

Scattered
Scattered

Thank you. I think she's the weird one. I have the above one also plus banners, coffee mugs, hats, T shirts and flags. And do tell, why is it weird to fly a Confederate flag and an American flag? I'm not a patriot because of it? Somebody needs to go back to school and take history again and quit trying to get it erased!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Scattered yeah, you're definitely not a patriot. Confederats were enemies of the state.

Who needs to relearn history?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

People have the right to free speech. Any one who denies that is an enemy of the Constitution

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn free speech doesn't apply here.

b1rd
b1rd

Really? How's that? Before you said you joined the military to protect the constitution. Unless something changed, the first amendment is part of the constitution. Even here. Again, you are showing your ignorance.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd LOL. Please, tell me where the first amendment applies here? Are they being threatened by a government entity?

Do you know what the first amendment is? 😂

b1rd
b1rd

You suppose only the government can impede on the first amendment? Your supposed company probably impedes the first amendment. If this site started censoring your posts you would be the first to claim they were infringing on your first amendment rights.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn By the way, you never answered why you were speaking against people altering the U.S. flag.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
Good tag! Because it's crass and against the Flag Code to alter the US flag. The current Blue Lives Matter flag is a rework of the US flag, and cops should know that.

b1rd
b1rd

I refer to the above screen shot where you state you "didn't join to fight for a flag". But now you are taking offense of people using it's likeness. That is one of the many reasons it is so difficult to take you serious on what you say.

b1rd
b1rd

Furthermore, I have always "tagged" you in the same manner as I did above. Don't see what you are moaning about.


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