(DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — After a Maryland County Executive banned a “thin blue line” flag from being displayed at a local police station, the Governor is expressing his extreme disapproval.
The thin blue line flag is an American flag manipulated to feature, as the name suggests, a thin blue line in honor of law enforcement, especially those who have fallen in the line of duty. The Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th district in Germantown was presented with a wooden thin blue line American flag, made in recognition of National First Responders Day. Members of that station intended to put it on display there.
Montgomery County Executive Mark Elrich, a Democrat said “The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissiveness to others. Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department.” The state’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan responded swiftly stating “I’m offended and disgusted that County Executive Marc Elrich has prohibited Montgomery County Police officers from displaying a “thin blue line” American flag that was made for them by a father & his young son in honor of National First Responders Day.”
The Governor went on to post photos of two thin blue line American flags that he has hanging on display in Government House, the official residence of Maryland’s first family. The Governor said “A local elected official prohibiting police from displaying a flag given to them by a grateful child is disgraceful.”