A county executive in Maryland has ordered police officers to remove a handmade “thin blue line” flag from their stationhouse, calling the symbol “divisive.”
Marc Elrich, the county executive of Montgomery County, ordered officers from the district to remove the wooden flag that was given to them by a resident for National First Responders Day.
“The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of [divisiveness] to others,” Elrich said in a statement released on the police department’s Twitter feed.
“Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department,” he added.
The decision to remove the symbol ticked off Maryland’s Republican governor, who responded by posting photos of himself posing with thin blue line flags in state buildings.
“We are proud to hang these Thin Blue Line flags in Government House to honor our brave law enforcement officers,” Gov. Larry Hogan wrote on Twitter with a photo of him next to the flags.
“A local elected official prohibiting police from displaying a flag given to them by a grateful child is disgraceful,” Hogan added.
“He’s entitled to his opinion and I don’t agree with him,” Elrich responded to Hogan, Fox 5 reported.