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Governor Offended and Disgusted by Ban of Thin Blue Line Flag at Maryland Police Station

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan criticized the ban of a pro-police flag at a police station in his state, calling it “outrageous and unconscionable.”

“Im 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,” Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement over the weekend.

“I have attended the funerals of fallen law enforcement officers across our state, and I take time to thank them every day for their dedicated service and sacrifice. We proudly hang this very same American flag in Government House in their honor. To outlaw these American flags from being hung in county buildings by law enforcement officers is outrageous and unconscionable.”

Hogan said he wanted Elrich “to immediately reverse this terrible decision and to apologize to the police and the citizens of Montgomery County.”

I have attended the funerals of fallen law enforcement officers across our state, and I take time to thank them every day for their dedicated service and sacrifice.

— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 3, 2019

We proudly hang this very same American flag in Government House in their honor. To outlaw these American flags from being hung in county buildings by law enforcement officers is outrageous and unconscionable.

— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 3, 2019

James Shelton, a resident of Germantown in Montgomery County, made multiple wooden “thin blue line” flags and delivered them on Oct. 28 to the Fifth District Police Station in Germantown and Fire Station 31 in North Potomac, reported WJLA.

Two days later, the Montgomery County Police Department posted a picture on social media showing Shelton, his son, and three police officers posing with one of the flags.

“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,” the police department said.

Shelton, a woodworker who works for himself, told WJLA the flags were made with his son.

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

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 3, 2019

“I wanted my son to be involved so he could see how important it is to give back as well as to help build good character and make a wonderful memory we will always have,” Shelton said. “[My son] was so excited to help and even more so when be helped me deliver them.”

Elrich announced on Friday that he was overruling the police.

“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,” Elrich said in a statement.

“Under my administration, we are committed to improving police relations with the community and will immediately address any action that stands against our mission.”

Montgomery County Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones said in a letter to officers: “Because of the divisiveness this donation has caused within the community, a decision was made to not have the flag displayed in any public space within the departRead More – Source

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