A 'First Responders Day' Gift to a Maryland Police Department Triggers Outrage and Fear, and the Social Media Mob Wins

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In Germantown, Maryland, a wooden replica of the “thin blue line” flag was donated to the police station by a father and his young son. The gift was in honor of First Responders Day, and some have responded with horror.

If you’re unfamiliar with the flag, here’s a bit of backstory from the web:

The “Thin blue line” is a phrase that refers figuratively to the position of police in society as the force which holds back chaos, allowing order and civilization to thrive.

A tweeted photo of the flag was posted to Twitter as a thank you to the family that made it, and, well, cue the outrage and fear.

The dad in the picture — James Shelton — bears a tattoo on his forearm.

So…here we go.

One user wrote, “Is this man wearing a Hammerskins shirt along with a matching tattoo? If so, would urge the Montgomery County police to consult the Anti-Defamation League’s database and decide whether hanging an object made by this person comports with department values.”


The department attempted an explanation:

“Let’s take a breath here people. The shirt and tattoo are of Mr. Shelton’s business, Shelton Woodworks. We are appreciative of Mr. Shelton’s flag and it represents support for police officers and first responders everywhere.”

And…more racism, racism, racism:


And the fear:

One tweeter’s afraid to call the cops because they might hurt black people in the neighborhood. And the photo is a great example of why:


As a result of the outrage, Democratic County Executive Marc Elrich ordered the flag’s immediate removal.


He issued the following statement:

“The flag provides a symbol of support to some but it is a symbol of dismissiveness to others. Because it is divisive, the flag will not be posted at the 5th District nor in any public space within the Police Department.”

The governor’s not happy about it.

Republican Larry Hogan released his own statement about the dustup:

“I’m offended and disgusted that County Executive Marc Elrich has arbitrarily prohibited Montgomery County Police officers from displaying a ‘thin blue line’ American flag that was made for them by a father and his young son in honor of National First Responders Day.”


And the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 chimed in:

“We condemn this arbitrary, political action and are especially disappointed that (Acting Police Chief) Marcus Jones does not demonstrate appreciation and understanding of the concerns of working police officers. The working police officers of Montgomery County are highly offended by this act of outright disrespect for them and that flag which represents the sacrifices and dedication of police officers who daily risk their lives, health, limbs and own well-being in service to their community.”

As per WUSA-TV, Governor Hogan’s requested that Marc Elrich allow the flag to be hung, and that he apologize to the department.

Is a wooden flag really worth all the horror? It seems to me that a man and his little boy simply wanted to honor police officers for their service to the community.

But we can’t have nice things, it would appear, because everything is offensive.

Sometimes I see what people are raging about online, and I’m envious: I wish I had that kind of free time. It must be incredible.

I hope they’re sitting on the beach with a Rolex Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster, sipping an umbrella’d drink provided by their butler. And as they realize they have 7 more hours of nothing to do ’til they get in the jacuzzi, they decide to express indignation over something they saw on Twitter.


Otherwise, we have a very big problem.



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