Officer In Trouble Over Blue Line Flag On Patrol Car After Citizen Complains

An Albuquerque police officer was told to remove the pro-police decal from a patrol car following a citizen's complaint.

Albuquerque, NM – An Albuquerque police officer was forced to remove a blue-line flag decal from a department-issued patrol car, after a citizen complained.

The citizen who complained claimed that it violated the U.S. Flag Code.

However, despite similarity to the U.S. flag, the pro-police flag is considered an entirely different flag, and does not violate flag code by altering the U.S. flag.

Despite this, posting stickers or license plates on patrol vehicles is a violation of the Albuquerque Police Department’s policy, unless they are specifically approved by the chief of police, department spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos told KRQE.

"We want uniformity among police cars, just kind of neutral and we don't want the chief to have to be deciding what kind of expression is appropriate or not," Gallegos explained. "They're not allowed to personalize their cars in any way.”

The officer was forced to remove the sticker following an investigation by the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA).

"First of all, I think this officer wasn't intending to, you know, mean any disrespect toward anyone,” Gallegos noted. “Every officer I know deeply respects the flag. And they're very proud of what it stands for.”

It was unclear what discipline may have resulted as a result of the decal.

Gallegos said the department is not actively searching for violations of the policy, but that they will address potential violations if a complaint is received from the public.

Several Albuquerque police cars currently have a wide variety of decals and plates, including blue-line flags, U.S. flags, collegiate plates, and military-related plates and decals, KRQE reported.

Earlier in 2018, another officer was forced to remove a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate from the front of a patrol car because a citizen complained that it was an offensive reference to the Tea Party.

"That was an example of where it was inappropriate and definitely could be offensive and was offensive to some people," Gallegos told KRQE.

Comments (63)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

We wouldn't want to upset the liberal snowflakes that populate this country. They're so sensitive to anything and everything.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Cop cars shouldn't have bumper stickers, simple as that. Follow the rules.

qazwiz
qazwiz

only tea party "Don't Tread on Me" represents is the American Revolution's BOSTON Tea Party... flag was created to show what kind of snakes infest the homes being unfairly taxed and thus represents opposition to excessive taxation

Cpl_USMC_Retired
Cpl_USMC_Retired

Its offensive that an officer supports officers? The Chief should have turned around and put one on every car. Or, better yet, paint a huge one on the side of every car. It's not like it is making a political statement... you know what says "I support police" more than the 'Thin Blue Line' flag? Being a cop... or is that offensive too?

Matster
Matster

So he has a sticker that is in support of the job he does, and that's a violation!? This is some whiny liberal bullshit! Stop this suppression of expression before it ruins our country!!

FRANCIN
FRANCIN

WHEN DID EVERYBODY GET SO TOUCHY? PRETTY SOON THEY'LL BE TELL YOU HOW TO DRESS, SOME PEOPLE ARE GETTING TO A LITTLE TO PETTY.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

is that not a California saying on the state flag

TwoTon
TwoTon

Looks like another confirmed case of "Liberagia"...the uncontrollable desire to be eternally offended and angry at everything.

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

Although I have a flag sticker exactly like it, and it’s a great sign of support, I have to say, there’s a lot to be said for uniformity in law enforcement. Their cars, their uniforms, etc. What do you think?

Mama1959
Mama1959

Poor little pumpkin got its feelings hurt because a police officer is proud of his job.......sob, sob 😭

dsmarine
dsmarine

Perhaps this city will transition to Baltimore mode and not be able to hire police officers.

Kstone_1022
Kstone_1022

This is sad. One person complains about something so petty. And it’s made to be removed. It’s just a sign of partnership. One of the best clubs I ever belonged too!!!

gfc1963
gfc1963

If it had been the gay rights flag there would be no complaint. How sad the complainant must be to complain about that. What a snowflake.

Skidoo
Skidoo

I do have a problem with thug football players kneeling at games but not a blue flag decal that confirms support for our police officers. I'll choose law enforcement everytime.

Lt Tom
Lt Tom

As a patrol commander I had lots more important things to address than a blue line flag.... To address this complaint, I would have placed this flag on ALL our patrol cars.... Now we have uniformity.... My officer were assigned a take home car...some Fords, Chevys & Dodges..... They were required to keep them clean and serviced at vehicle maintenance..... If one of them placed a small flag like this on his vehicle, I pulse probably look at it and smile.... If this is the biggest complaint you have, We must be doing a heck off a job.... SUPPORT YOUR POLICE.... Lt Tom Brown retired

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

There is always someone looking to complain about some police action or activity.. Anyone in law enforcement should know that! Give them an inch and they make a mountain out of it. Unfortunately, like this incident, the Command staff almost always caves to a single complaint...I like LT Tom's idea, "put a flag on ALL the cars"!!!

Marxest
Marxest

That is unfortunate, but that officer should keep politics out of his job. The Blue Line flag is not an official flag of an official law enforcement organization. It's a political statement. No citizen should have to endure a political statement from the police. Police are there to enforce the law. Not wax politics. Keep the flag in your personal life where it belongs. Next we'll start to see officers wearing christian flag emblems and Confederate flag emblems. No thank you.

SargeX2
SargeX2

As a Patrol Sergeant in Virginia, I would gladly put this sticker on all of our vehicles, and enjoy a big glass of liberal tears!!

Lidarman
Lidarman

West Hollywood

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Are you freakin' serious? What a pansy!! As a war time veteran and staunch police supporter, I applaud the use of this flag on patrol cars! The "good citzen" who issued the complaint needs to find a safe space and cry his liberal tears all by his lonesome!

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

The reality is the car is public property, not his personal car. He should not put any kind of sticker on it no matter what it is. This story seems like a non-story to me. Must have been a slow news day.

DoctahLaw
DoctahLaw

The Chief needs to grow a pair and manually toss the complaining snowflake out the window. Otherwise, go get your vaginia serviced because you are a true pussy wuss!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

COWARDS! SHAME ON THE DEPARTMENT HEADS. ABOSLUTELY SHAMEFUL COWARDICE.

RCK
RCK

Tell whoever complained to piss up a rope. Tell that to the cowardly supervisor who ordered the decal removed, also. He/she sickens me.

Tom1
Tom1

Let me guess. The complainant was a Demoquack. And probably sees nothing wrong with the "asylum" seekers that are waving foreign flags while demanding entry into the US.

bronx163
bronx163

This is what happens when states low taxes, cheap land and freedom get overrun by far left anti-American liberal shitbags from Chicago, NY, Md, Calf, Washington State, MA, NJ, Ct. its a BLUE STATE CANCER. Shame on the chief for disciplining the cop for supporting his cops in blue. Totally pathetic and Chief should resign. And Don’t Tread on Me Is worn by the U.S. Navy. Blue state shit bag liberals need a history lesson.

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JtreeMdx
JtreeMdx

You. Are. A. Blue. Noser. &. An Idiot.

JtreeMdx
JtreeMdx

Blue sticker matter as much as the Blue Isis who place them on their cop cars, personal vehicles etc. F this dumb cop for placing the sticker and F all you Blue Nosers for defending him

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

To think there is a person so fragile and intellectually impotent that they complained about his sticker. Another mentally weak keyboard warrior.

jessi q
jessi q

SNOWFLAKES COMPLAINING AGAIN ,THEY NEED TO GROW THE HELL UP

bronx163
bronx163

Hey jtreemdx Go fuck yourself. This is a pro cop site. Fuck you, your Antifa pussies, dummycrat blue state snowflake liberals, and Hillary communists who left our American warriors to die in Benghazi Libya.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think the point that a lot of people are missing is that the police vehicle does not belong to the police man -- it is not owned by the policeman. Rather, it is owned by the police man's employer. One doesn't put stickers on vehicles owned by one's employer (unless the employer orders that action to be taken, of course). This is so basic, it shouldn't need to be said. Lot of people on the thd seem to be missing this thing that should be considered as common sense.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Whoever made this call has no backbone. I’d hate to depend on them when the shit really hits the fan

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Thank God our Forefathers weren’t such wimps

HTC
HTC

People are just getting tired of the klan BS. Personally, I'd like every corrupt cop to out themselves by placing their gang memorabilia on their cars.