In responding to a video of police wearing coronavirus masks decorated with the “Thin Blue Line” flag honoring police officers, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors managed to insult an entire region of the country, show a shameless ignorance of history and get the masks banned for police use, all at the same time.
The San Francisco Examiner reported that after viewing video of San Francisco officers wearing the masks at a protest, Supervisor Shamann Walton said, “that looks more like something you see below the Mason Dixon Line.”
San Francisco cops have subsequently been told not to wear “Thin Blue Line” flag coronavirus masks on duty.
The edict came down on May 1 from SFPD Chief Bill Scott after officers wore the masks at a May Day protest by homeless activists at an abandoned property.
“The San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect for all, and in consideration of concerns some community members have expressed that ‘thin blue line” symbolism on some of our officers’ face masks may be perceived as divisive or disrespectful, we are taking steps with our officers and the Police Officers Association to provide alternative, neutral personal protective equipment,” Scott said in a statement.
Scott was less wordy in an email to members of the department, Fox 2 San Francisco reported: “Thin Blue Line masks shall not be worn by our on-duty members,” he wrote.
The flag has come to symbolize the pro-police “Blue Lives Matter” movement, seen as a response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which seeks victim status for black criminals who threaten police and subsequently lose their lives.