Riviera Beach, FL - A Riviera Beach Police Department captain didn't appreciate his police officers from openly showing support for law enforcement. According to a group of officers, the captain ordered his officers to remove blue line flags from their personally-owned vehicles.
Mike Magnoli with CBS12 reports that the group of Riviera Beach Police Officers were told by their captain that they needed to remove the blue line flags from their cars.
The American Thin Blue Line flags were on the officers' personal vehicles which were parked in the department's employee parking lot.
The American Thin Blue Line flag that are on employees' cars represents American law enforcement. A blue line separates two black lines on the flag, representing the thin blue line of law enforcement separating the criminals from the rest of society.
The flag is widely accepted as a symbol to show support for American law enforcement, but the flag is controversial to anti-police critics who claim that it is associated with Blue Lives Matter, and they hate us for our unwavering defense of law enforcement.
The Portland Fire Chief recently publicly criticized one of his EMTs when the chief erroneously believed that the EMT was wearing an American Thin Blue Line flag patch, and that the EMT was "siding" with law enforcement. We love our hose-dragging brothers and sisters, and this Fire Chief's disrespect towards law enforcement was abnormal and extreme. Now to see similar disrespect from a Riviera Beach Police Department captain is even more unexpected.
After the Riviera Beach officers were told to remove their flags, the officers responded by going to the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association to file a grievance.
The police department's official response to the grievance is that the incident never happened.
It's not clear how an entire group of officers with blue line flags on their cars all somehow misunderstood their captain, thinking he ordered the removal of their blue line flags if, as the department claims, the incident never happened.
Perhaps it was a misunderstanding, or perhaps the department is unwilling to admit that their captain did something grossly inappropriate.
Despite the department's claim that the whole incident never happened, the PBA is happy because the department is no longer asking officers to remove their flags.
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