Flag honoring police sparks dispute at Connecticut Capitol

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Republicans are seeking to return a police-themed flag to the state Capitol.

The handmade Thin Blue Line flag had been displayed for two months until it was removed this week over concerns that it was disrespectful to the Black Lives Matter movement.

House Republican leader Themis Klarides says the flag should be promptly reinstated, and the suggestion that the flag is anything other than honorable is "categorically false."

Klarides says the flag was donated by State Capitol Police to honor law enforcement officers.

Democratic state Rep. Brandon McGee, who previously supported removing the flag, says he now wants it restored after speaking with the head of the state Fraternal Order of Police.

The flag had not been restored as of Thursday afternoon.

 

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