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Republican Governor Slams County Official Who Banned Police From Displaying Thin Blue Line Flag

Paul Valade /Daily Herald via AP

A Montgomery County Maryland official has banned the display of a blue line flag that was presented to police officers on National First Responders Day by a local woodworker, James Shelton, and his young son. The police station planned to display the flag inside the police station, but Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich banned the flag after activists complained about it on Twitter. 


"The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissiveness to others," County Executive Marc Elrich said in a note to the police department. "Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department. Under my administration, we are committed to improving police relations with the community and will immediately address any action that stands against our mission."

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) said he was "offended and disgusted" by the decision to ban the flag's display. He called the decision "outrageous and unconscionable." The governor said he proudly hangs the same flag in the Government House and attends funerals for fallen officers across his state.


Oct. 28 was dedicated National First Responders Day by Congress to honor first responders -- police, career and volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics.

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