City Stops Selling Decal Honoring Police Over 'White Nationalism' Complaints

The Village of Mount Pleasant is changing the design of their annual car sticker because it offended some residents.

Mount Prospect, IL – The Village of Mount Prospect has caved to complaints about a Thin Blue Line flag on the town’s annual sticker, and promised to stop sales of the pro-police sticker while they order new ones.

Every year, the village chooses a different facet of itself to promote on their annual car decal that is sold to citizens, according to the Daily Herald.

Last year, the sticker highlighted the local library. This year, the sticker was supposed to promote the Mount Prospect Police Department.

The 2019-2020 sticker featured a Mount Prospect police badge superimposed over an image of a village water tower and downtown streetscape, with a Thin Blue Line flag as the background of the badge.

But when the stickers were released, some residents complained that the Thin Blue Line flag, which represents support for police officers killed in the line of duty, was a racist image and inappropriate, the Daily Herald reported.

"They have understood that to be a white nationalist flag," Joseph Plata, a former participant in Mount Prospect's Citizens Police Academy, told the Daily Herald.

"You are doing a disservice to Mount Prospect residents and yourselves," Plata said.

In the face of criticism, the village leadership quickly announced the sticker would be redesigned.

“The original vehicle sticker was designed to commemorate and honor the police department and their community outreach initiative through a permanent patrol beat structure. Part of the design included an image of a thin blue lined flag, which was intended to honor the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities,” the Village of Mount Prospect posted on their website.

“Some in the community have found the thin blue lined flag to be racially divisive,” the announcement continued. “The decision to produce a newly designed vehicle sticker addresses those concerns and acknowledges the fact that some residents stated they would feel uncomfortable placing the sticker on their vehicle.”

This is not the first time the Thin Blue Line flag has been misunderstood and removed after complaints that it is a racist symbol, but members of law enforcement have staunchly disagreed with that assessment.

But many, including in the media, still have gotten their facts wrong.

The Daily Herald, for example, reported that the Thin Blue Line flag, frequently referred to as the Blue Lives Matter flag, was created as a visible response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The “Thin Blue Line” flag was created long before Black Lives Matter ever existed.

In fact, the term “thin blue line” has been popular with law enforcement officers since the 1950s.

"Anti-police activists routinely make false claims about pro-police symbols to dissuade people from openly showing support for police,” said Christopher Berg, Editor-in-Chief of Blue Lives Matter. "It's cowardly to cater to these baseless claims."

In response to the news, patriotic apparel company Warrior 12 said that they will be giving out a free Thin Blue Line Flag decal to anybody who wants one while supplies last, you just pay shipping. Use coupon code FREETHINBLUELINE at checkout HERE. The coupon works even if you're purchasing other items with the decal.

DISCLOSURE: Warrior 12 sells all official Blue Lives Matter gear and provides proceeds to Blue Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter is not being compensated in connection with the free sticker giveaway.

"We're drawing a line against cowards who cater to these cop-haters," Warrior 12 President Joe Murphy said.

The village announced on Wednesday evening that a new sticker was in the works that would represent the “Police Department’s community outreach and inclusion efforts.”

Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek said the new sticker will also honor the police department.

"It was the police department's turn," the mayor said. "Nobody is objecting to honoring the police department. It is just the image that was chosen."

Before the decision was made to redesign the sticker, Juracek was vocal about her concerns over ceding control to “those who misappropriate and distort legitimate symbols," the Daily Herald reported.

"It has obviously taken on a much deeper meaning," she said. "But the more we lend legitimacy to that meaning, I think it lends undeserved credibility to the efforts of those who have taken it to themselves for their own message."

The letter on the village website said that citizens who bought the first sticker could return it and a new one will be mailed to their home.

But it also said that residents have option to display either sticker on their vehicle, and both will be considered valid.

Comments (34)
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JBo
JBo

“Some in the community have found the thin blue lined flag to be racially divisive.”

I can't see how that's racially divisive since officers of all races have died in the line...from tribal police, black and Asian officers, white and Latino officers...officers of all ethnic backgrounds, male and female, gay and straight. They all had one thing in common: they served the people in their communities and gave their lives for the community and brother and sister officers.

The next time you need a cop...call someone who is politically correct. Let me know how that works out.

DaveZ
DaveZ

Can’t we educate people as to the meaning of the flag? ....I guess not. They don’t want to hear it. They won’t accept it. But let’s just redesign it that’d be better! Cave in and cater to them...enough of this BS!

jrahh43
jrahh43

It just amazes me that a city will always bend to the lunatics demands no matter how ridiculous they are.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder how many people actually complained? It always seems our officials listen more to the voice of a few than the majority.

tfort
tfort

How many cops have been killed in Mount Prodpect to warrant a commemorative sticker?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I suppose everyone on this site knows the meaning and history of the thin blue line flag. We have to realize that there are some "out there" who don't . The question becomes - Why does any US municipal body immediately just cave to the complaints made by just a very ,very few? They should not . One response could be better educating the general public as to the history and meaning of the flag. Many PD's have community resource officers who reach out to communities for just such a purpose.

Skidoo
Skidoo

This makes a good case for building Kate's Wall.

NickyJ
NickyJ

I am so sick of these fools. Don’t they have anything to do but bitch about a sticker? Total haters. Grow up or get the hell out of country

RoxC
RoxC

The city caved after they received how many complaints from who? This is BS and you know it. Tell the snowflakes to get a life outside the basement and starbucks.

magnumforc
magnumforc

If it was a Black Lives Matter decal it would be praised instead of being vilified. Stand strong brothers because we are truly the Thin Blue Line that stands between idiots, evil, politicians and the public good. Really a tough time when it seems like we are so alone in that quest!

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Why is it that they are caving to the minority’s when the majority want the decal!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

These people complaining, I bet, are the very ones who are always calling police for service. They should stop calling the police and call their mommies and daddies for help.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Since when did honouring the police become racist and inappropriate. This war on the police needs to stop. Town, city, county and state officials need to grow a spine and stop bowing down to these anti-police nutjobs.

Kevcali
Kevcali

I hope they give people the choice of stickers. Or give the ThinBlueLine stickers out for free. If I lived there, I would proudly display the TBL sticker

LPD133
LPD133

Such poor and weak city "leadership". Maybe the city should replace the flag with a snowflake.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

Mt Prospect is a Suburb of Shitcago. Does this explain their mentality better? Just another part of a shit stain in the state w/a shitstain racist Mayor who doesn’t back the LEO’s!

CravesJustice
CravesJustice

Some people will NEVER be happy to see law enforcement honored and celebrated. The thin blue line flag racist? Aren’t there cops of all races in the US? Will the political BS ever stop? Highly unlikely.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

The ones that incite racism are in fact narrow-mindedness, narrowness bigots! When they state that Thin Blue Line is racist!

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