CT State House Removes 'Offensive' Thin Blue Line Flag From Police Memorial Wall

A Thin Blue Line flag was removed from a wall in the state Capitol building because Black Lives Matter was offended.

Hartford, CT – A wooden Thin Blue Line flag donated to the police memorial wall in the Connecticut capitol building has been taken down because Black Lives Matter supporters were offended.

“The State Capitol Police Department donated a thin blue line flag which now hangs next to a portrait of the Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol. SCPD will never forget the loss of officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families,” the Connecticut State Capitol Police posted on their official Facebook page on Jan. 17.

They posted a picture of a group of Capitol police officers posing with the Thin Blue Line flag wall hanging, which was being held by a police official.

The Capitol police also posted pictures of the flag newly mounted in the area specifically reserved for the police memorial.

But the Thin Blue Line flag lasted only one month in its place of honor because its presence offended Black Lives Matter supporters.

“In the context of history behind it, a lot of my members expressed a lot of concerns, especially in this building,” Democratic Connecticut State Representative Brandon McGee told WVIT.

McGee is 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,” McGee continued. “I just think it was necessary to share our concerns with our leadership.”

The “Thin Blue Line” flag, which is a sign of support for active-duty police officers and a symbol of honor for fallen officers, has been frequently mislabeled by Black Lives Matter activists.

They claim that the flag is a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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."

The president of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police, which represents thousands of officers, said the removal of the flag was an attack on police officers, WVIT reported.

“I’m saddened and disappointed that in times the times we’re in now that something like this could actually happen,” FOP President John Krupinsky said.

The Office of Legislative Management, who is responsible for all of the artwork in the Capitol building, said they had skipped the usual vetting process for the Thin Blue Line flag since it was going on a dedicated police wall.

However, the same people who put it up said they made the decision to take it down, WVIT reported.

Just recently, the village of Mount Prospect in Illinois faced similar criticism after a Thin Blue Line flag appeared on the town’s vehicle sticker.

Initially, village leadership caved to complaints and promised to stop sales of the pro-police sticker while they ordered new ones.

But that decision generated backlash from police supporters and the village leadership changed their minds quickly.

Before the decision was made to redesign the sticker, Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene 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," the mayor 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 compromise was to sell both stickers at the village hall, and let residents decide which one they wanted to put on their vehicles, Juracek said.

Comments (38)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm offended that black lives matter has the audacity to complain, and even moreso that anyone listened to then when they complained about what was put up at a police memorial.

I am also offended by its removal, I demand the thin blue line flag be put back up.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm offended by them being offended and I demand that the offensive black lives matter name cease being used as I find it extremely offensive, as do all my neighbors, family, and people I work out with at the gym.

T.Good
T.Good

so sad

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“In the context of history behind it, a lot of my members expressed a lot of concerns, especially in this building,” Democratic Connecticut State Representative Brandon McGee, told WVIT." McGee is chairman of the Black & Puerto Rican Caucus....... and is a spineless whimp who needs to represent the entire community and not just a handful of whiny little snowflakes and BLM BM's .

CALL AND VOICE CONCERNS

Gov. Ned Lamont CGA.CT.GOV 860 566 4840... 210 Capitol Ave Hartford,CT 06106

I just called this (valid) number and left the Gov. my views. Please join me in doing likewise. If you choose to do so please keep it "clean" and w/o profanity as that would be the quickest way to have them ignore our concerns.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

WHY HASN'T EVERY SINGLE COP IN CT QUIT? Let the MF figure out how to protect themselves.

justmike
justmike

BLM is in the same category of hate groups as the terrorist group the Black Panthers. FUGM all!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Connecticut is one of the most liberal states - it's no wonder this happened. It was just a matter of time. What's next - the real guns LEOs use to be replaced with Nerf guns or cap guns?

billingsp
billingsp

Another reason people leave this state

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Get a f'n backbone!

HFD120
HFD120

Sounds like McGee is running for reelection. Criticizing the TBL flag using race as a reason is racist in itself.

Mama1959
Mama1959

BLM offends me. Don't get me wrong, I have black friends. But most support the police and their efforts to control crime.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

this is a crock of BS!! BLM group is nothing more than a hate group that has caused the deaths of numerous LE Officers!!

killer93
killer93

Dont let the inmates run the penitentiary again. The flag should stay. Fuck BLM

The express
The express

What a sorry fucking disgrace CT is BLM is offensive. How about removing them from this country.You thankless scumbag POS's

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

BLM is against anything that requires knowledge, ambition, patriotism, and especially self control! They only support thug philosophy! The law offends them. Work ethic offense them. Moral behavior offends them. And they spread this diseased thinking throughout the black community in an attempt to discourage them from doing good things. Despicable gang of failures!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

These people are gutless and are catering to one group of people who do absolutely nothing to enhance their community but tear it and others down. These legislators are gutless cowards and don't deserve police protection until it's put back up. After all, it's an officer that will be laying his/her life down to protect theirs, not some cowardly blm member.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Black LIES. Matter

magnumforc
magnumforc

Unfortunately, the weak assed politicians cave to anything that will get them a vote from a thug or punk. Sad state of affairs when the real heroes of our world are looked down upon by the politicians while they similarly seem to approve of the scumbags.

CravesJustice
CravesJustice

Incredible! Black Lives Matter is obviously continually trying to portray the “thin blue line” flag in the same light as the confederate flag: racist. I am speechless at the hatred toward LEO’s. When danger comes, who are you gonna call? The very people that you hate.

pixiepup
pixiepup

They need to quick catering to Black lives matter when it comes to taking police items down esp. this flag. They have explained numerous times that this is not against the black lives but you can bet that black lives is all about anti police. This is getting so ridiculous!

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

Black Lives Matter say they support the police BUT because of their past history the blue lives matter flag offends them BS Just think about this if their upset about the past, then change it. If They don't want the police in their neighborhood, then don't commit crimes. That's the only reason the police are there, high crime.

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

CT State House is full of pussies bending over and kissing ass of the offended snowflakes; when they should be, SHOULD BE STANDING STRONG FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN PROTECTING US!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Thanks @THEDUKE for posting this info. I'm re-posting for more exposure. I tried calling but they were closed. Will try tomorrow!

CALL AND VOICE CONCERNS

Gov. Ned Lamont

CGA.CT.GOV

860 566 4840

210 Capitol Ave Hartford,CT 06106

NickyJ
NickyJ

These people are going too far with all of their bitchen. Then these fools cave in with these idiots. What offends me these nitwit breath the same air as I do

Trenchfoot
Trenchfoot

Doing what garners future votes, instead of doing what is right and respectful.

Policerule
Policerule

BLM is a racist group made up of animals.

Righton17
Righton17

So damn sick of these damn liberals.

KS in Enfield
KS in Enfield

How dare you cave to political groups! What would we do without our wonderful, brave Men in Blue. I hope if you ever need them, you get someone from Black Lives Matter instead! Cowards!

NFPD103
NFPD103

Maybe its time that the local, state and National FOP start educating these officials and remind them that facts matter and its members are voters as well.

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

By now everyone, including BLM knows what the Thin Blue Line stands for. We all needto stand up and honor our fallen and if if they (BLM) don't like it than remember the saying you can't please everyone. And stop caving to this group

BillLEO
BillLEO

BLM is racist. Plain and simple! However due to, “WHITE FRIGHT”, nobody but I will challenge this HATE group.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

enough of this PC that is sweeping our country. If Black Lives Matter is offended by the Thin Blue Line than I'm offended by the Black Lives Matter group. Apparently the Dems in Ct. have intestinal fortitude.