A Maryland police department has been banned from displaying a ‘thin blue line’ flag after it as dubbed ‘divisive’ of a community, some of which argues it was ‘dismissive of the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Wednesday, cops shared their intention to display the gift, with a tweet that included a picture of three cops, who appear to be white, accepting the flag from a resident and his son.
‘Thank you to resident James Shelton, who presented Montgomery County 5th District officers with a wooden American Flag that he had made in recognition of National First Responders Day,’ the picture was captioned. ‘The flag will be displayed in the 5th District Station.’
However they were stopped in their tracks after many community members responded with negative reactions.
‘This flag, the symbol of ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ excuses police violence against black residents, and mocks those who affirm that #BlackLivesMatter,’ one person tweeted. ‘That is not what @MontgomeryCoMD stands for. Take down this tweet, and do not hang up that flag!’
For another, it evoked memories of 2017’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where one person died and dozens of others were injured when a man deliberately rammed his car into the crowd of counter-protesters.
‘This is unacceptable. This flag was carried by the white supremacists in Charlottesville and has a meaning far beyond what you intend. (I hope!) Please do not raise this in a public building,’ one woman responded.
‘The Blue Lives Matter flag & movement were created in response to the Black Lives Matter mvmt. The primary purpose isn’t to honor cops; it’s to demean & diminish the Black Lives Matter mvmt—illogically, as being a cop is a choice & being Black is not. It’s racist. Take it down.’
Black Lives Matter is an activist movement formed in 2013 that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people.