LAPD chief lambasted by his own officers for ordering the removal of thin blue line flags from police stations

LAPD chief lambasted by his own officers for ordering the removal of thin blue line flags from police stations

LAPD chief lambasted by his own officers for ordering the removal of thin blue line flags from police stations

Los Angeles Police Department chief faces backlash from his own officers over his directive ordering police stations to remove thin blue line flags honoring fallen cops from all accessible areas to the public.

In internal emails obtained by Breitbart News, Chief Michel Moore said “public lobbies should only contain official items” and that displaying thin blue line flags is “unhelpful to our mission.”

His posts were in response to a recent “community complaint” about the display of the flag in the lobby of the LAPD Olympic Station near MacArthur Park. He said the plaintiffs claimed the flag symbolized “violent extremist views” associated with the Proud Boys and other groups.

Moore added: “While I don’t personally view the ‘thin blue line flag’ the same as the community member and others, it is [sic] signage in our public lobbies can be divisive. Staff with a “thin blue line flag” in their workspace, locker door or personal vehicle, etc. was not banned. ”

“Given that our lobbies should be places where people feel safe, free of political ideology and welcoming, our longstanding policy is that only official items are displayed,” he wrote. .

Moore said the flag at the Olympic station was removed following the complaint.

In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore speaks during a press conference outside LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. (Stefanie Dazio, File/AP)

The union representing rank and file LAPD officers now opposes Moore’s directive. In an email to members Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Protection League blasted the decision, calling it an act of political “closeness.”

“We vehemently oppose this disrespectful and defeatist bowing by our department leadership to groups that praise the killing of police officers and outright call for violence against those of us in uniform. We expressed our outrage directly to the chief,” the league board said.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 1: Protesters gather during a protest against police brutality at City Hall Park on August 1, 2016 in New York City.  The protest was organized by Millions March NYC, which is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and end the

Protesters gather during a protest against what they see as police brutality at City Hall Park on August 1, 2016, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“We call on Chief Moore to stand up for what is right, not to respond to police abolitionists, criminal apologists and other fringe anti-public safety groups and to support our officers and the symbol that so honorably represents them.”

In an email Friday, Moore responded directly to the League’s statement.

“I understand the frustration some may feel on this issue with an accompanying sense of a lack of support of their dedication from me,” he wrote. “I am aware of the disappointment expressed by the Los Angeles Police Protection League (LAPPL) at my directive. My commitment to you is unwavering as I strive every day to protect and serve you and the people of Los Angeles.

When contacted for comment, an LAPD spokesperson said he had no knowledge of Moore’s directive.

The thin blue line flag has become a universal symbol honoring fallen law enforcement. Anti-police activists have tried to smear it as a symbol of hate and have sought to ban its display not only in police stations, but in schools and even on private property.

As Breitbart News reported, Republican lawmakers in Ohio recently took action to protect homeowners who display the thin blue flag on their property from objections from landlords, homeowners associations and home park operators. mobiles.

The Saugus High School football team in Santa Clarita, Calif., was recently told they would no longer be allowed to carry a thin blue flag next to the American flag when entering the field, with the district superintendent saying that the flag was “diverse”. ”

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