The black-and-white version of the American flag that has one white stripe colored blue is meant to honor the men and women who have sworn to protect and serve their communities. But Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue says LAPD Chief Michel Moore caved to a complaint from a community member who says the flag has been hijacked by "extremist" groups and now stands for racism and bigotry.
According to FOX 11 Los Angeles, the flag was originally placed over the front desk of the Rampart Station, but now only the U.S. flag will be displayed in station lobbies.
"The flag, to me, presents the honor, valor, dedication, and sacrifice of LE to protect our communities, but that view is not universally held," Chief Moore said.
"I was so angered when I read the report about it," says Sutton. "Not 10 minutes after he issued that edict, I had LAPD cops calling me, blowing up my phone."
He is appalled that the chief would allow the woke mob to redefine a symbol that is so "significant" to law enforcement officers.
"The Thin Blue Line flag … means service," Sutton relays. "It means sacrifice, the loss of police lives to line of duty deaths. That's what it means. It means nothing about racism."
Chief Moore, like almost every police chief in the country, is appointed by the city's mayor, so he does risk something if he opposes the leftist ruling class in LA. Even so, Sutton says this is a fight worth engaging in.
"Talk about a morale killer," he notes. "He doesn't have the best reputation at this point anyway when it comes down to supporting the troops, and what this did, this just literally pulled the rug out from under them. What it showed was cowardly leadership."
"He disgusts me, quite honestly," Sutton concludes.
Employees and staff are still reportedly allowed to have the flag in their workspace, locker door, and personal vehicles. Memorials for fallen officers will also be authorized in all public spaces.