The Los Angeles Police Department is being harshly criticized after removing a “Thin Blue Line” flag from one of its stations after receiving a single complaint from a community member.
The flag was hung over the front desk of the Rampart police station, prompting one complaint claiming the flag represented extremist views. The blue line on the “Thin Blue Line Flag” is intended to represent law enforcement, standing between what is above the line, representing citizenry and order, from what is below the line, representing crime and anarchy.
The flag’s “display in our public lobbies can be divisive,” LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore stated.
“It’s unfortunate that extremist groups have hijacked the use of the ‘Thin Blue Line Flag’ to symbolize their undemocratic, racist, and bigoted views,” he