Dems Reverse On Removing 'Offensive' Thin Blue Line Flag From Police Memorial

The state representative who objected to the Thin Blue Line flag has asked that it be put back up at the Capitol.

Hartford, CT – The leader of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in the Connecticut state house has submitted a written request to have the Thin Blue Line flag he objected to put back up on the Capitol’s police memorial wall.

The wooden Thin Blue Line flag, handmade by an officer and donated to the police memorial wall in the Connecticut capitol building, was 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 at the time.

“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.”

Law enforcement and its supporters responded angrily to the announcement that the flag had been removed.

“On behalf of the House Republican Caucus we would like to make it clear that we stand with our State Capitol Police and support their donation of the handmade American Flag, created by one of their own officers. This flag is a source of pride and unity for not only our police unit here at the Capitol, but their families, and the families of those in law enforcement around the State of Connecticut,” the state House Republican Caucus said in a statement to WTIC.

The president of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police, which represents thousands of officers, called the removal of the flag 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 “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.

“Thin Blue Line was out way before Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, any of these associations,” Krupinsky told WTIC.

McGee said that he and Krupinsky talked, and that the FOP president educated him more about the origin of the Thin Blue Line flag.

“I was glad we were able to reach out and speak to each other on this matter,” Krupinsky said.

McGee said he requested, in writing, that the flag be reinstated after their chat on Wednesday night, WTIC reported.

“I hope that this conversation does not stop today,” McGee told WTIC.

He said he thought the incident had created a good opportunity to discuss race relations.

“Hopefully we can put this behind us and really work on issues that are facing the state,” the lawmaker said.

The Office of Legislative Management, who is responsible for all of the artwork in the Capitol building, hasn't said when the flag will be reinstalled.

Comments (28)
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FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Thank for having some sense!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I'm guessing McGee's feeling the pressure and fallout of being against LEOs?

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

McGee HAD only one choice! Either back the blue or get the hell out and go back with his Black Lives Matter affiliates and let them "protect his nutless ass"!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

"In the context of history behind it" And that's exactly where this fight should have ended right there on those words. That guy's a real ass hat just as all blm members are if they honestly believe that all the police are there for is to kill black men/boys and hassle people of color. The blm and naacp need to open their eyes and take a good hard look at the numbers from the DOJ, FBI, and CDC which prove their rhetoric is wrong each and every time! Why is it so hard to admit when you're wrong?

dusty103
dusty103

That they wanted to remove it at all should tell you everything you need to know about Democrats. They despise police and assist criminals.

RPG156
RPG156

Sanity resurrected in Connecticut...

cspcapt
cspcapt

beware of the Trojan horse

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

There are also a LOT of African American Police Officers who have given their lives as a sacrifice to that thin blue line flag. They need to be respected and remembered no differently that white officers who did the same thing and THAT is what that flag represents. BLM is a racist bunch of white people haters.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

When they try to destroy Conservatives ways and our views we need to push back as we did here,we need to protect our 2nd amendment the Democrats want to disarm us and the police so the criminals will only be the ones with guns.

unholyone
unholyone

Incidents like this are brought to you by the same idiots that vandalized the statute of William C. Lee and want it taken down. As I've said before, facts, history, and data don't matter to these fools. BTW, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee was a WWII hero. No known relation to Robert E. Lee who lived a century earlier. We're doomed.

jimmer1
jimmer1

So glad to hear this piece is going back in its place. I commend all who raised their voices to help make this happen."The squeaky wheel gets the grease"

GForce48
GForce48

We can no longer entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/libs/socialists as they no longer hold American citizen's safety as a priority. They coddle and embolden criminals of all stripes with excuses and leniency!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Well, at least the right decision was made. It's a shame that the flag was taken down in the first place, but we all know how politicians pander to ignorant complainants, and not actual facts.

As long as it goes back to where it belongs, I'm happy. Maybe now the BLM folks can go whine in a corner when they get triggered by it.

slo1942
slo1942

Who cares what Black LIES Matter think !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Dems need to be detoxed in racism. Everything they see is racist. They are basically paralyzed and prisoned by their own imagination of pervasive racism in this country. We can't have them run things in gov't.

spd522
spd522

McGee made a truthful statement. Dems think as they do because of lack of education. If he wanted to improve police relations with the black community, maybe he can work on decreasing crime instead of blaming police for enforcing laws.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

blm is offended?

LPD133
LPD133

So one misinformed (typical) moron was able to have it removed. Amazing the weight these people carry in today's society. I'm glad to see the honor of LEOs everywhere won this one.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

To hear idiots like BLM still say that police are racists against blacks is utterly ridiculous but worse to believe those arguments to the point that this wonderful memorial would be removed...Thank God they came to their senses!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

At last...a little common sense. Amazing!