Somerville, Massachusetts, Mayor Joe Curtatone made clear Saturday that under no circumstance can the town’s fire department express support for police.
The mayor crumbled after being made aware of the transgression on Twitter, with one user writing to him along with a photo, “Is the fire department allowed to display a thin blue line flag?”
Under his orders, the flags were removed and he notified the woman who wrote to him the next day.
“Flags are off the trucks,” he said. “They were not authorized to be there. Looking into how they got there. Sincerely hope the people who did this did not realize how hurtful it would be to people in our community.”
Flags are off the trucks. They were not authorized to be there. Looking into how they got there. Sincerely hope the people who did this did not realize how hurtful it would be to people in our community. https://t.co/wzHF2e4Ad1— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 2, 2020
They risk their lives every day to serve and protect the citizens their profession “hurts.” Since when did support our men and women in blue become something we should be ashamed of? I am absolutely disgusted.— Anne Moniz (@annmoniz87) August 3, 2020
When did police become the bad guys? When is the pandering to the criminals over such rare instances going to stop? All cops hate bad cops and the lack of support from our government is disgusting.— Matt Croteau (@capecodlaxref) August 3, 2020
Some wondered, then, why the Black Lives Matter flag was flying above city hall.
So this flag is allowed but others arent? pic.twitter.com/wIAux5GGOt— Ryan (@TroopRG) August 3, 2020