Castro Valley, CA – Congressional representative for California’s 15th district and Presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell found himself in the hot seat on Wednesday after he tweeted a picture of a Thin Blue Line flag with a message of respect for Police Week.
“This #PoliceWeek2019, we mourn and honor the officers we lost in the last year, but vow to always remember their sacrifice. If you see a police officer this week, please thank them AND their family for serving and sacrificing,” Swalwell posted to Twitter on May 15, officially known as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Like Memorial Day for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, the holiday recognizes fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
But people on twitter didn't appreciate the sign of respect for law enforcement on the Democratic candidate’s Twitter, the Sacramento Bee reported.
They attacked Swalwell’s post and erroneously called the image a Blue Lives Matter flag.
“Delete this,” wrote @T_Brian_Malone. “That abomination of the American flag represents Police silence in the face of corruption/excessive force.”
Another angry message proved how confused some people are about what the Thin Blue Line flag actually stands for.
“Fallen officers and 'blue lives matter flag' are two totally separate things.... its not a good look for ya,” wrote @Kompromat9.
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.
Despite the attacks from anti-police antagonists in response to Swalwell’s tweet, the congressman did not take it down.
Swalwell told FOX News in a May of 2018 interview that he has a long-standing connection with law enforcement.
The congressman told Tucker Carlson that his father was a police officer and two of his brothers work in law enforcement.