Fallen Trooper's Family Forced To Remove Thin Blue Line Flag Over 'Racism'

The town of York asked the family of a Maine trooper murdered in the line of duty to take down a Thin Blue Line flag.

York, ME – The family of a fallen Maine state trooper was asked to take down a Thin Blue Line flag honoring the 55th anniversary of his murder in the line of duty out of concerns it was offensive.

Charlie Black, the son of fallen Maine State Police Trooper Charles Black, put the flag on a telephone pole at the York Street intersection of his family’s compound on Andrews Way in early July, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Trooper Black, 28, was shot and killed on July 9, 1964 while responding to a bank robbery in South Berwick, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Charlie was born just weeks after his hero father was murdered, the Bangor Daily News reported.

His mother, Mary Black Andrews, said her son had flown the flag to honor his father’s memory and service to Maine, and she was furious that the town wanted it taken down.

“God forbid we should offend anyone,” Andrews told the Bangor Daily News. “It bothers me tremendously. It’s the anniversary of his death. He gave his life to protect the public, and I gave my life to this town, and we can’t even celebrate this person. I’m sorry I offended them. It’s coming down and it won’t happen again.”

She took her fallen husband’s tribute down on July 22.

York Police Chief Charles Szeniawski said Andrews and her son weren’t breaking any laws, the Bangor Daily News reported.

“There is no policy about flags. Can anyone put anything up there? I don’t know. Maybe it’s something we should look at,” Chief Szeniawski said.

The problem with the tribute to the fallen trooper arose after the York Diversity Forum complained to town officials that the Thin Blue Line flag could be sending a racist message, the Bangor Daily News reported.

York Town Manager Steve Burns said he was aware that white supremacist groups had waved the Thin Blue Line flag during the Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrations in 2017.

“I don’t know what the right outcome is,” Burns told the Bangor Daily News. “This family was putting up the flag in memory of Mary’s husband. She’s feeling hurt right now. I also don’t want some visitor to think it’s a racist flag. So I’m glad it’s down. I don’t want the community festering over this.”

So even though it didn’t violate and any town ordinances and was supposed to be a tribute to a fallen trooper, he asked Andrews – whom he called his friend – to take the Thin Blue Line flag down.

Shockingly, the president of the York Diversity Forum told the Bangor Daily News she didn’t even know the background of the tribute to which she was objecting.

“It looks just like an American flag but it’s black and white,” York Diversity Forum President Susan Kepner initially said. “We were concerned about the message that sends. We get along well with the Police Department, and we honor fallen heroes as well as anyone else. We would just like positive messages out there.”

Kepner claimed the Thin Blue Line flag was a problem because it had been used in Charlottesville as a unifying symbol for white nationalists, the Bangor Daily News reported.

It was clear the York Diversity Forum hadn’t done its homework on the history of the Thin Blue Line flag.

In fact, the term “thin blue line” has been popular with law enforcement officers since the 1950s and has nothing to do with the white supremacy movement.

"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."

After the news of what the York Diversity Forum had done became public, they found themselves facing a lot of blowback from the community.

So the organization tried to walk back its original assertions, WGME reported.

"We never asked for the flag to be taken down. It was clear that there was no incendiary motivations for why they put it up," Christine Hartwell, a spokeswoman for the York Diversity Forum, told WGME.

The flag was moved to a spot inside the family’s property and Charlie Black has called for peace in the community, the Bangor Daily News reported.

But it was also clear that giving in to the town’s request didn’t mean he had let the uninformed people who associated the flag with white supremacists win.

“The Thin Blue Line symbol belongs to us and we’re not going to let anyone hijack it. We’re not giving it up,” Charlie told the Bangor Daily News.

Comments (111)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Wait, they asked a Black family to remove the flag???

Woobie46
Woobie46

ANYONE who disagrees with flying the Thin Blue Line flag probably is either a criminal or the biggest of snowflake weenies. And any city council who MAKES someone take it down is the same x10. You good citizens of York should get down to the city and make the stink of the century for this lawless, prejudiced behavior.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

When black thugs rob rape and murder people of all races....they arent racist. When blacks get angry and riot and burn down the city they arent racist. But fly a pro police flag, or a Betsy Ross flag and you must be a raving Nazi white supremacist. Make a rap video calling for violence against white police...not racist. Make a facebook post calling a thug s thug...racism! Its bizarro world thanks to liberals.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Sick fuckers, though I would have put it back on the property where every passer by could see and told complainers to go shit in their hats.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

While the flag is black and white, apparently they are missing THE THIN BLUE LINE right down the center. It has nothing to do with white supremacy, despite what ignorant people claim.

I would have calmly told the town manager they can kiss my ass. It's not his fault that there are ignorant people who misinterpret the meaning of the flag. If any slowflake or racist is triggered and needs to go to a safe space, they are more than welcome to avoid his private property.

And if anything, I'm offended that any town official has the audacity to tell them what they can tell a law enforcement family what they can do. Sounds like selective enforcement of made up rules to protect the ignorant feelings of liberal snowflakes.

robocop95
robocop95

No way in hell I would've taken it down.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

I am totally OFFENDED by this story and DEMAND that this flag be put back up ! NOW! TODAY!!! Continuing liberal BULLSH*T is poisoning this country!!!

Zoe.S.
Zoe.S.

Vote Kepner out of office

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Fallen Trooper's Family Forced To Remove Thin Blue Line Flag Over 'Racism'"

In the minds of some , .....isn't anything and everything about racism ???

Put the flag back up and stop being passive to these who are "easily offended" .

thor911
thor911

I put my "Thin Blue Flag" out and the guy down the street told me it offended him. I told him i don't give a crap it is my yard. He started to get pissy so i called PD, They arrested him for trespass. Karma bitch!!!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Two things about this article (this is a fantastic article and event to discuss). One, the flag was being flown on city property, meaning if someone complains, they are required to take a stand, in support of one side or the other. So what factored in to their decision? Well I looked up the demographics and York is 98% white and the black population is .4% (less than 1 in 200 people). My guess is they don't want a mob of black activists from out of town descending on their city. Two, the city council made the determination that the Thin Blue Line Flag represents racism! That is a terrible precedent to set and I feel the city should be sued for defaming every LEO in the nation, so set the record straight!

Buzz17
Buzz17

Perhaps these snowflakes need to see some real racism in action so they can correctly understand what racism really is! This town also needs a mayor with the courage to stand up for what's right & tell the whole community who's complaining & why. What is wrong with some of these black people today?? MLK is turning over in his grave at their intolerant, disrespectful behavior!

Domrysmom
Domrysmom

Who is it offending, the criminals in town? This is such a slap in the face, to the officer and his family. Truly pathetic!!! The flag should stay! #ibacktheblue 💙

mistydcollins
mistydcollins

This is fucking absurd. And I mean BEYOND absurd. When is it going to end????

RetCPSO
RetCPSO

When I hear of a city’s “diversity” forum, group, etc. I always feel that THEY are the true racist!

redpill
redpill

The Charlottesville nazis also wore pants. Everybody needs to take off their pants now. because I'm offended. /sarc For fuxx sake...

Dot200
Dot200

No I will not take it down and you mentally ill perverts can go....yourselves

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Glad the family took it down. There are better ways to express pride and grief. This isn't the type of situation where one should use controversial symbols.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

I’m so sick and tired of all this racist this and racist that stuff,it’s about like when the little boy cried wolf,one day something really racist is going to happen,and no one is going to care less because the term racist has been hyjacked!

Artpauly
Artpauly

What is wrong with people. Can't anyone say NO anymore. Just say NO. end of discussion. The flag stays.

Da$
Da$

Go to hell York politicians!!!

Pat1978
Pat1978

If white supremacists waved a gay pride flag at a rally, would it be considered racist from that point forward? An individual's liberty should not be curtailed merely because some other person or group is offended by the exercise of said liberty. I think these politicians have forgotten the meaning of individual liberty. They are too lazy, uneducated (at least in what matters) and far too interested in climbing to be bothered with minor details like the founding principles of this country and they are succumbing to the pressure of collectivists and charlatans. Lazy politicians who think their job doesn't really matter will hasten the demise of this country.

skidrowvet
skidrowvet

“There is no policy about flags. Can anyone put anything up there? I don’t know. Maybe it’s something we should look at,” Chief Szeniawski said. Wow there's real Police support right there- comon chief have a damn pair and honor this fallen hero- but I guess he's gotta do whatever it takes to survive - hope his guys don't get in the shit I am sure he'd look into it and see what his boss tells him to say

Stanracer
Stanracer

So now the Thin Blue Line flag is racist. They do know that many police officers are not Caucasian, don't they. How does that make the flag racist??? Makes no sense!🤔

BradyStuart
BradyStuart

Call 911... “ you have reached a number that is no longer in service. Good luck” ... lmao

BradyStuart
BradyStuart

Uh,,, so now anyone who flies the American flag could be asked To take it down, if some reason, true or false, someone thinks it has a racist tie.??? And so the first amendment doesn’t apply to everyone. Wtf

NonnaC
NonnaC

My flag isn’t going anywhere! My property, my flag. They can kiss my fat white ass

J10107
J10107

Ignorant Bigots that consist of less than 15% of the population cry racism, and a partisan ASS-HOLE, York Town Manager Steve Burns, automatically decides that harming a suffering police family further, makes more sense than standing up for Trooper Black, (and his family), who sacrificed his life to protect the residents of York.

And this POS couldn't allow a Blue Line Flag tribute for what this family has suffered through for the last 55 years !!!!

Let's get as many law enforcement officers, families and residents that we can, and who would be happy to honor Trooper Black and his family with a parade of Blue Line Flags to commemorate their 55 year sacrifice.

Gramercy
Gramercy

If there is no policy about f=which flags to fly...she should reinstate the flag and fly it proudly! Racist or not....that is not the issue....the issue is HONOR and that is that!

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

This is an outright case of disregard for civil liberties. To the family who were told to take that flag down, please contact a civil liberties Attorney immediately. Your rights are being taken away.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

We should all go to York and each of us put a thin blue line flag on every pole in the town. This is what happens when fucktard liberals from Massachusetts move up to Maine and New Hampshire. They fuck up both states.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Someone was offended?? Who was that? A Muslim? A Communist? A liberal socialist democrat? I’m offended that some moron would complain!

tkshields
tkshields

I thought it was the confederate battle flag, now its the police flag, oh and lets not forget the Betsy ross flag I would include the American flag but then what would the liberals stomp on then burn

vwiles34
vwiles34

I can see if there was an ordinance where you couldn't put things on power poles. But even the police chief didn't know if there was such a law. But it wasn't taken down because it was illegal. But because it might offend someone. I'm offended when I see some guy walking around with some guy with his pants pulled down below his ass blasting a song filled with hate and profanity. But that seems to be fine. I bet if it was a black lives matter flag if anyone had a complaint they would say it was covered by the constitution. And a thin blue line flag isn't racist. You have cops of every race and nationality so how in the hell can it be racist?

They should do like they did here. Our city was the last capital of the confederacy ( history ) at the location it is now a museum. There was a small confederate flag in front and because it offended a few people the city took it down. No one had made a big deal about the flag until it was gone. So in response, there were several huge flag poles put up on private property all around the city. Including right across from the Martin Luther King memorial bridge. These flags would not be the first thing people coming into our city would see if those pricks hadn't forced a tiny little flag in a historical place to be removed.

RPG156
RPG156

Because the left are ingratiating criminals and also buying into the BLM pandering rhetoric, common people think that the flag that honors the police is anti-black lives, when the articulable facts are that it predates that movement and has nothing to do with anything other than honoring the police.

Farmer
Farmer

I'm offended by rainbow flags. Does that mean I get to demand they be taken down? I thought not.

jmj1096
jmj1096

I would love to send Mrs. Black on of my shawls from Thin Blue Line Memorial Crafts. If anyone knows how I can get her one, please message us on Facebook www.facebook.com/thinbluelinememorialcrafts Thank you!

Farmer
Farmer

The York politicians are grabbing at any straw that gives them power. That's what liberals do.

LAHeat875
LAHeat875

Another tragic story of a few influencing the majority - what a shame! Just wonder how many white supremacists wear Levi’s - so anyone wearing Levi’s must be racist? Same stupid logic at play here! Idiots! Again the tail wags the dog!

ForestRon
ForestRon

These stupid liberal city politicians need to go back to the 60's to see what racism really means. I guess I won't be traveling to Maine to eat lobsters any time soon, those liberal buffoons can keep them and their "diversity."

Memphis6
Memphis6

If someone ever asked me to take down my flag I'd say "ok" and proceed to get the proper equipment to burn all the grass in my front yard black and then paint a blue line down the middle of my yard.
Bet they'll wish they hadn't asked me to remove that flag then.

Mic911
Mic911

Here is my take on this: 1) The family should never have apologized 2) The flag is not racisct 3) I would have told them to just kiss my American ass!!! This is insane!! Anybody ever comes and tells me my Thin Blue Line flag or the American flag is racist is in for one helluva fight. These friggin snowflake millenials are getting out of hand and I'll be dam if they will ever tell me what to do!!! I served this country proudly, Vietnam vet as well and served my community for over 30 years in LE and Fire Service.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

No frickin way...THE FLAG STAYS and you can just go away !

chessie58
chessie58

Screw the Diversity Forum, and who cares what somebody thinks! Raise that flag up, and hang 12 more to keep it company!

61mouse
61mouse

Why not just hang out on a flag pole outside the house

1312
1312

They should’ve burned the flag too

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Over MY DEAD COLD BODY WOULD IT BE REMOVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CraigBatt
CraigBatt

Ignorance all it is

JUSTICE911
JUSTICE911

Fly that flag with pride and dare anyone to try and take it down.

MMacK
MMacK

She should put it back up, her husband was a hero who deserves to be remembered any way that she chooses as long as it is lawful which it was. Shame on the "committee" for trying to make her feel bad, that she might offend someone. Who the hell is she going to offend in a state that is almost 90% white. Lived in the state two years and NEVER saw anyone who could claim any other race other than European. Cops put their lives on the line ever day and no one ever gives them a rally or does a protest when one of their members is shot by a criminal. Be kind to your local police officers, they have so much to deal with in order to keep us safe. Personally love to wave to any cop I see with a big smile so that they know that at least one citizen on their watch was happy to see them. See a cop in a restaurant or gas station? Offer to buy them a cup of coffee. See them driving by, give a friendly wave. Own a home, fly the thin blue line flag or paint a blue strip at the edge of your drive way so they known we care.