A wooden “thin blue line” flag was donated to the Capitol by a member of the State Capitol Police and was hung in the Police Memorial Hall in the Capitol building.
Unsurprisingly, Democratic lawmakers complained that the flag could be considered anti-Black Lives Matter and the sign has since been removed.
Connecticut state representative and chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Brandon McGee told NBC, “In the context of history behind it, a lot of my members expressed a lot of concerns, especially in this building.
“We are not anti-police,” he said. “We support our men in blue, but we also know that given the history around black people, people of color with respect to this particular issue, I just think it was necessary for us to share our concerns with our leadership.”
House Republican leader Themis Klarides told the Hartford Courant, “This flag intended to honor the work, dedication, sacrifice and lives of our past and present officers. To suggest that this American flag that was donated by the State Capitol Police is anything other than honorable is categorically false. The House Republican caucus would like to publicly request that the American flag honoring our law enforcement officers here at the Capitol and throughout Connecticut be put back in its rightful and approved location — the Police Memorial Hall here at the Capitol.”
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