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Thin Blue Line

What started as a phrase, became popularized as a graphic image, then unfurled as a thin blue line flag, has been around for a long time. The thin blue line is seen on police cars, lapel pins, coffee cups and COVID-19 masks. Only recently has the thin blue line flag sparked controversy.

Content within the Thin Blue Line topic lists frequently asked questions about the thin blue line, discusses what police officers should consider before displaying a thin blue line flag, and reviews some of the current discussions as to whether law enforcement agencies should display thin blue line imagery within their departments.

A retired sheriff addresses what the Thin Blue Line flag means to him and so many officers who wear or have worn the badge
Cpl. Demetrius German poses in front of one of the largest thin blue line flags in the country
We received dozens of emails from readers in response to recent news that police chiefs were removing thin blue line imagery from their departments
The court sided with the officers, saying that the township failed to demonstrate “real, not conjectural, harm” by using the flag
“I will take every resource out of the academy … I will not allow another potential probationary police officer to be part of this academy,” a Bloomingdale PD official said
London’s Metropolitan Police had banned officers from wearing the badge to avoid officers “showing allegiance to any cause”
A board had voted to ban the display of the flag on township property, police uniforms and officers’ tattoos while on duty
Several community members saw the post and began labeling the flag as a symbol of “extremist views”
“The flag, to me, presents the honor, valor, dedication and sacrifice of LE to protect our communities, but that view is not universally held,” Chief Michel Moore said
Tom DiSario plans to file a suit against his HOA, promising that “every officer in the state of Ohio … will be able to fly this flag without any HOA telling them to take it down”
The flag was said to cause “divisiveness” and players were told it should not be flown back in September