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The family of a Maine police officer killed in the line of duty, and said that it felt forced to remove it by a Thin Blue Line flag on the occasion of the anniversary of his death, and after learning of a complaint that it was racist.
Trooper Charles Black, was fatally shot during a bank robbery in 1964. His son, also named Charlie, is Black, has decided to erect in the Thin Blue Line flag, which is also known as the Blue Life flag is intended to honor law enforcement. The son put up the flag on a utility pole in the vicinity of his home, where some residents are complaining that it is an offensive symbol was on public land.
The town manager of York, Maine, told the News Center and Maine and a resident visited the office to complain about the flag.
“A resident came in and said that there was a problem,” Town Manager Steve Burns said, adding that residents have said: “This is a flag that represents racial segregation and discrimination.”
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He called for the family to take care about the flag. He said to the soldier, the widow, took the news hard.
“It’s just a rip from a wound in her heart,” Lit says.” It was a pure instant of emotion for her and her family.”
The son of Charlie Black, and decided to take the flag down when his mother requested it, and expressed frustration that its efforts to pay tribute to his father who had been involved in a political discussion.
“This is not a racist, white supremacist symbol, and I am angry, it is portrayed that way,” Charlie Black said.
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The trooper’s widow, the former the York selectman, Mary Black, Andrew, told the Bangor Daily News that it was the last thing she wanted to do was to stoke divisions.
“God forbid that we should offend anyone,” she told the newspaper. “It bothers me a lot. It’s the anniversary of his death. He gave his life to the protection of the public, and I have spent my life in this town, and we don’t know how to celebrate them. I’m so sorry that I have offended them. It’s coming and it won’t happen again.”
Those of you who are defending the flag, saying that it was meant to be nothing more than the eea, enforcement of the law, in particular those that have been lost in the line of duty.
Critics see it as a push-back to Black-Life is a movement, and to mark police shootings of black men.
Susan Kepner, president of the York Diversity Forum, said that white nationalists are using the Thin, Blue Line of the flag as one of their symbols, at the Charlottesville rally, which proved to be fatal.
“It looks like an American flag, but it’s in black and white,” Kepner tells the News Center, Maine. “We were very concerned about the message that is being sent to it. We get along well with the Police, and we will honor the fallen heroes, if any. I just want to be positive messages that are out there.”
“If people want to hang the flag on their private property, that is their right. However, it could be a can of worms if we allow the flags to anywhere in the city, which, by the way.”
York city Police Chief Charles Szeniawski stated that the town does not have a policy for the placement of the flags in places other than private residences.
“It’s not about the flag. Can anyone out there? I don’t know. Maybe it’s something that we need to look at.”
He acknowledged the fact that the Thin Blue Line, the flag is viewed differently by different groups.
“It’s how people interpret it,” he said. “For most officers, the Thin Blue Line of the flag. Just because you’re an officer, you can’t do everything you want it to. You can’t be on the line. This is what it means for us all.”
Earlier this year, a debate broke out in the World to do with the Thin Blue Line flag, after it has been displayed in the Police department’s Memorial Hall, which is in the vicinity of the state capitol building.
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Some of the Democratic legislators, said that the flag could be offensive to Black Life Out of the supporters.
The Office of Legislative Management has decided to take it down, but then back up to the top.
“In the context of the history behind it, many of our members have a lot of problems,” said state Rep. Brandon McGee, the chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, to meet with reporters.
“We’re not anti-police,” he said. “We have to support our men in blue, but what we also know is that, in view of the history around black people, people of color, with regard to this particular issue, I think that it is necessary for us to share our concerns with our leadership.”
In April, one county in Oregon has agreed to pay a former employee $100,000 in a settlement after she sued the county for racial discrimination, because a co-worker had been on a “Blue-Life-Of” flag in an office, with the support of the local police force.
In her case, Karimah Guion-Pledgure, who had been working in corrections, stated that other county employees get revenge against her after she complained about the pro’s and the police flag was offensive, the report said. The plaintiff, who is black, argues that the phrase “a Blue Life”, co-opted the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” and thus treated with contempt, and was diluted to the original time period.
“Some people see this flag, discriminatory, or racist,” said Burns, the town manager, and the question is, how do you honor a fallen officer’s memory, and how to make sure you’re not that kind of message?”
A Fox News reporter, Dom Calicchio, contributed to this report.