A Thin Blue Line flag was taken down from the memorial tunnel hall of Connecticut State’s Capitol after Democrats expressed “concerns” over the wood display that honors law enforcement.
After a Connecticut police office handmade and then donated the wooden plaque to the State’s Capitol, it was hung on display in the law enforcement memorial to honor of those who have served and died in the line of duty, according to Law Enforcement Today.
It only took a month before Democratic members expressed concerns over the display and asked for its removal.
Democrats demand removal of police-made thin blue line flag from officer down memorial tunnel https://t.co/gWAskN8i9F #LivePD #LivePDNation #LivePDK9s #BackTheBlue #BackTheBlueK9s #ThinBlueLine #BlueAlert #EnoughIsEnough #PoliceWeek2019
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) February 20, 2019
Democrats who forced for the removal of the flag claimed the flag showed opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Black & Puerto Rican Caucus chairman Rep. Brandon McGee (D) told Law Enforcement Today, “In the context of history behind it a lot of my members expressed a lot of concerns especially in this building.”
“We are not anti- you know – police; we support our men in blue but we also know that given the history around black people, people of color with respect to this particular issue. I just think it was necessary to share our concerns with our leadership.”
After the flag was taken down on February 20, Connecticut State Fraternal Order Of Police president John Krupinsky expressed disappointment.
“I’m saddened and disappointed that in times the times were in now that something like this could actually happen,” Krupinsky, who serves thousands of police officers throughout Connecticut, told NBC Connecticut.
Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Committee J.R. Romano rebuked the Democrats for not comprehending the weight of the flag.
“It’s incredibly disappointing to not understand that this flag is meant to honor police officers that were killed in the line of duty,” Romano told Law Enforcement Today. “And it’s extremely disrespectful to the families of those officers that this flag was removed.”
Additionally, Former State Rep. Brian Ohler (R) criticized the removal as “a slap in the face to our law enforcement community and a direct insult to the sacrifices that they make for us” and called for the wooden Blue Line flag to be restored.
I call on the majority party and OLM to restore the Blue Line Flag to our Capitol immediately. This is a slap in the face to our law enforcement community and a direct insult to the sacrifices that they make for us. #CTPolitics #ctgop #ctdems #ctolm https://t.co/6lWyxepzHF
— Brian M. Ohler (@BrianOhler) February 20, 2019
According to NBC Connecticut, the artwork wasn’t put through a vetting process by the Office of Legislative Management because they thought it was appropriate for the law enforcement memorial. However, the Thin Blue Line flag will be returned to the owner following the calls to bring it down.