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Solon Police Department removes thin blue line flag after controversy in community

The "thin blue line" American flag suggests police stand between order and chaos, but now the...
The "thin blue line" American flag suggests police stand between order and chaos, but now the flag is used by some to draw division between pro-police supporters and Black Lives Matter activists.(WOIO)
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 11:44 AM EDT
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SOLON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Mayor of Solon issued a statement following the earlier announcement from the Solon Police Chief regarding the removal of the thin blue line flag after a “diverse and unhealthy reaction” within the community.

The Mayor stated that a few residents believed that the removal of the flag meant something that was not intended.

Mayor Edward Kraus explains that he requested the thin blue line flag be removed in hopes that another symbol may be better suited stating that “this is a product of our current environment and one that tarnishes even the best intentions”.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial flag will be up for display on police grounds and is meant to memorialize those who lost their lives and to speak for the support of the police department.

Read the Mayor’s full statement below.

Please see the statement from the Mayor.

Posted by City of Solon, Ohio Police Department Government on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The earlier statement from the police chief said it was displayed briefly.

A statement explained that for members of the Solon police department it represents support for law enforcement and those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, but for others, it is a symbol of opposition to the racial justice movement.

The statement also detailed how it was never the department’s intention to heighten tensions within the community and create conflict and they are sensitive to the fact that it alienates them from those they are committed to serve and protect.

Read the police chief’s full statement below.

Please see the statement from the Chief of Police.

Posted by City of Solon, Ohio Police Department Government on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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