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A wooden thin blue line flag was presented to Montgomery County Police officers on Oct. 30.
A wooden thin blue line flag was presented to Montgomery County Police officers on Oct. 30. (Courtesy Montgomery County Department of Police)

A decision by a county executive in Maryland to ban a police station from displaying a "thin blue line" flag is drawing criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan.

The wooden flag was a gift from a local resident in recognition of National First Responders Day. It was to be displayed in the 5th District Station.

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News outlets report that Democratic Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the flag provides a symbol of "support" to some, but is a symbol of "dismissiveness" to others.

The "thin blue line" flag has been labeled by some as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hogan, a Republican, said in a series of tweets Sunday that he was “offended and disgusted” that Elrich had prohibited officers from displaying the flag.

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