Maryland governor criticizes ban of ‘thin blue line’ flag
Nov 04, 2019 | 8:30 AM
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.
We are proud to hang these Thin Blue Line flags in Government House to honor our brave law enforcement officers. A local elected official prohibiting police from displaying a flag given to them by a grateful child is disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/PmPGzfSSF1
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.
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.
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 flag will be displayed in the 5th District Station. pic.twitter.com/kbAI32xHkY