A flag donated to the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland, has begun a dispute over symbols and a race that has caused several government officials, including the governor, to express outrage and "disgust."
The debate centered on the donation of the 'thin blue line' flag, which, according to those who defended the flag, served as a symbol of support for the police and recognition of law enforcement victims. The home flag was filed at Germantown Police Station last week . After police said it would show the flag, it was met with immediate reaction by many who claim to have sent a signal of challenge and even antagonism to black members of the community it is intended to defend.
On Friday, Montgomery County Executive Director Mark Elrich said on Friday that House Fleur Chief the center of the debate will not be shown in public space after all because of its "divisive" nature.
Some employees responded with anger.
"I am offended and disgusted," Governor Larry Hogan tweeted on Sunday urging Elrich to overturn his decision. "Forbidding these American flags from hanging in county buildings by law enforcement officials is outrageous and undoubted."
For others, however, the banner serves as a sharper directed message against Black Lives Matter and all retreats against police violence against blacks.
"The flag provides a symbol of support for some, but a symbol of disgust for others," says Elrich in his statement . "Under my administration, we are committed to improving police relations with the community and will immediately take action that goes against our mission."
In particular, many of the community opposed to the flag cited its use (along with the Confederate battle flag) by the white supremacists of the Join to Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 at Maryland Dell. Gabriel Achevero agreed with Elrich's decision, calling the banner "opposing the #BlackLivesMatter protests in which I and others I was a part of." He added : "Stop thinking and focusing on police reform!"