S.F. Police Chief Bans Thin Blue Line Face Masks After Activist Outrage

Sandy Malone

San Francisco police officers were told to stop wearing Thin Blue Line face masks given to them by their union.

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco police officers were at the center of controversy on Friday when they appeared at a May Day protest wearing Thin Blue Line flag facemasks.

The incident occurred in the afternoon on May 1 when police officers were sent to the Castro area to patrol a housing protest, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Most of the officers on duty at the protest were wearing fabric face coverings that featured a Thin Blue Line flag.

The masks were distributed throughout the San Francisco Police Department by the police union to help protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

In response to community criticism, San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki called the masks a “clear policy violation” in an angry email to San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on May 1.

“This raises real concerns for me about the battle for the heart and soul of the department,” Hamasaki said. “Are we moving forward or being dragged into the pre-reform days of SFPD?”

He called for a police commission meeting to be held in May and said he was concerned the department needed oversight, KPIX reported.

“Without oversight, it appears that some in the department are openly flouting our policies, with the endorsement of the POA,” Hamasaki said. “Let’s not let the bad actors drag us back into the past.”

City Supervisor Shamann Walton told the San Francisco Examiner the Thin Blue Line masks were “something you see below the Mason Dixon Line.”

Activist groups complained the masks were a slap in the face to the black community.

Chief Scott said he would work to help the officers find a neutral alternative to the Thin Blue Line masks issued to the officers by their union, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

“As an affirmation of the principle of safety with respect for all, we will replace the personal protective equipment to which some community members have objected,” the chief said.

He also pointed out that the Thin Blue Line has historically represented a meaningful way to honor fallen officers, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

“We welcome the opportunity to have a productive conversation about ways to honor first responders and others during this public health emergency,” Chief Scott said.

But San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) President Tony Montoya told KPIX that the Thin Blue Line masks his union gave out were blessed by Chief Scott’s command staff before they were distributed.

Montoya said several of the high-ranking officials had asked if they could have more than one of the masks.

“With all the real danger and challenges we face today, these folks should stop grasping at straws, because they’re banned in San Francisco,” the union boss said. “Officers are wearing masks to keep the public safe as they continue to serve our city.”

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Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Scott is just one more half-assed, politicized administrator who doesn't give two shits about his officers. He'll be running for mayor next and using this as part of his campaign.

Got A Warrant
Got A Warrant

Thin Blue Line masks are something you find "south of the Mason Dixon Line". Why yes it just might be City Supervisor Shamann Walton. Does that mean you're jealous or is that some sort of cut towards southerners? BTW Supervisor Walton, you know what you won't find here? People crapping on the sidewalk and other citizens calmly walking around or stepping over it. That seems to be uniquely a SFO tradition. I'll take our back water towns over San Francisco any day.

RunCop
RunCop

Every SFPD copper should continue to wear them and if ordered to remove they could calm they’re sick and go the fuck home.

JBoH
JBoH

Politically correct liberals should learn the difference between the Thin Blue Line flag and the Blue Lives Matter flag. Oh, wait...Blue Lives Matter doesn't have a flag and the Thin Blue Line flag/emblem has been around since the mid 1950s.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

In response to community criticism, San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki called the masks a “clear policy violation” in an angry email to San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on May 1.

Tell me what is up with this. The Police Commissioner is a Criminal Defense Attorney??? What???

It's the same guy...

Musical1
Musical1

One article claimed they could not wear anything political. This is not political - it is simply a symbol to support their profession. One that is totally different than all others. A brotherhood. Let them wear it!!!

Sargejh
Sargejh

I tweeted the chief, Bill Scott, directly. Twitter handle is,
@SFPDChief
Commissioner John Hamasaki’s handle is,
@HamasakiLaw
Light em up!

Jones24
Jones24

Oh stop already! There are more important things going on.

TXbirdMom
TXbirdMom

You know what? I'm a Democrat, what you guys here lovingly call a Libotard. But hell, I've got more balls than half of these pansies in political office. I can stand up for my beliefs, 100% back the Blue, grew up a proud military kid and will fight like hell to honor our First Responders and Frontliners. These idiots must have gotten too much of their Mama's titties as babies. Sheesh, they need to grow a pair.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Perhaps it's time for San Francisco to find out what it's like if the police get sick someday?

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Well, this proves that there is not a pair of cajones left in California. Just a bunch of weak, insignificant ass kissers...but that is probably very popular in California.

Scully64
Scully64

San Fran feces should not be protected, they should succumb to the sodom and gomorrah they created

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Liberalism is the worst pandemic this country has ever seen.

GForce48
GForce48

Another glaring example of a police executive that kneels to the liberal altar of political correctness at the expense of the rank and file line officers! He needs to suck it up and put his big boy pants on!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

Thin Blue Line has historically represented a meaningful way to honor fallen officers.

that may have been a long time ago. now it represents a gang symbol! and to wear them to an anti-cop protest is a slap in the face that screams the blue lies mafia don't care about "we the people" and are only trying to incite a riot!

Bob480hivolt
Bob480hivolt

As usual the left-wing politically correct chief failed to stand by his officers. His statement clearly shows him to be a racist.

JBoH
JBoH

Well...it is San Francisco, America's city with it's own "Poop Patrol".

Stanracer
Stanracer

The powers that be here are obviously scared shitless of minorities. So sad that they don't back their own.

Eddieg825
Eddieg825

Time to change SFPD look to be more progressive and inclusive to all pink, rainbows, and African themed colors...then maybe all can feel included.

FSchloss
FSchloss

I continue to pray for a repeat of 1906, but with an improved, more powerful
earthquake.

magnumforc
magnumforc

But if they wore black lives matter masks they would be cheered. WTF is wrong with these asshole politicians?

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Absolutely ridiculous. The powers in charge in California have no backbone to stand up to these demands. I'd rather go back to the days of the 20's when people didn't cross the law and those who did paid the price, instead of the wimps in office now.

PapaJon
PapaJon

So Black Lives Matter and we don't want to hurt their feelings but Blue Lives aren't worth a damn?
Chief and commissioner ... You are proof that the biggest ass kissers get promoted to their highest level of INCOMPETENCE in most big city law enforcement agencies. God forbid we protect those risking their lives daily while you sit in you safe office surrounded by other ass kissers.

LillianGr
LillianGr

Why isn't the police union supporting the police on the streets and fighting this?

oly4ray 2020
oly4ray 2020

Officer should have a blue sick day... the reason I moved out of California and many others are too.
Komifornia are full of pussyfied sensitive people. Trump should really cut off relief from sanctuary cities

Brockettj
Brockettj

I think they should mass produce them and sell/give them a cross the country.
I would wear one even thou I’m a Firemen. LOL

papasmurf73
papasmurf73

It is just a shame that the Chief will not stand up for his officers and caved in to political pressure. The THIN BLUE LINE is to show unity and respect for a profession that has been kicked to curb by today's society. In light of the current situation that is effecting the world why would anyone spend so much time worrying about something as trivial as a mask supporting the THIN BLUE LINE. One must remember the THE BLUE LINE is the only thing in this country that stands against anarchy. If there were no police to enforce the laws there would be nothing but chaos. Officers must stand united since they are not supported by the commanders nor their communities. This is no time for politics when we are facing a more serious problem a virus that kills indiscriminately. We may be in this all together but it is obvious in this case that the police officers are standing alone.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Just what isn't a slap in the face to he black community, the Latino community, the Asian community and by gosh even the white community ? They'd all bitch if the sun came up pink and handed them a 2.00 dollar bill...just a new day to have something to fight about.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

They should all quit and go work for a real police chief elsewhere outside of commie fornia.

Marxest
Marxest

Good job! San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki has my vote. Discipline must be maintained. Officers shouldn't be wearing any markings that denote any sort of political or social affiliations or alignments. If he lets these so called "Blue Line" facemasks slide, it'll open the doors to all sorts of Police Officer shenanigans. What will be next? Nazi facemasks? Punisher skull facemasks? Confederate flag facemasks? (I'm sure some Police Officers in the south are already wearing Confederate facemasks. The media doesn't want to report it). Any officer who doesn't want to comply with the order can give up their gun and shield and seek employment in the civilian sector.

RMeakins
RMeakins

“something you see below the Mason Dixon Line.” Have you lost sight of where you’ve come from or who you are. You have just slapped the face of every Officer that has worn a Badge and most of all those that died wearing it. I’m south of the Mason Dixon Line with over 21 years of being a member of this Thin Blue Line and you sir are an Ass, you should be embarrassed by what you’ve said but more so by making comments toward our dead Hero, our Brothers and Sisters that have given their lives Serving and Protecting this Blue Line.


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