Town Criticized for Rejecting ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag

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‘Outnumbered’ react to the Wethersfield town council refusing to fly the flag to honor a fallen trooper, with one member calling it ‘antagonistic.’

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  1. There should be only one flag. Cops work for the United States constitution and should be proud to serve under red white and blue. Not the thin blue line. It’s a gang symbol

  2. The U.S. Flag Code and U.S. v. Eichman

    The provision of the Flag Code that opponents of the Blue Line flag say it violates is:

    “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”

    Violation of the Flag Code originally contained a criminal penalty of a fine and up to one year in jail. But in 1990, in U.S. v. Eichman, addressing flag burning, the Supreme Court invalidated the federal law against flag desecration as violating free speech under the First Amendment. The current amended U.S. Flag Code has no penalty provision and is considered advisory flag etiquette.

  3. Flag code instructs that a US flag shouldn't have other stuff tacked onto it. You can fawn over the police all you want, rightly or wrongly, but don't futz with the national flag. It's not a police flag and it shouldn't be.

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