University of Wisconsin Police Chief Kristen Roman has declared that officers are banned from using “Thin Blue Line” imagery while on duty.
Chief Kristan Roman had received criticism over social media retaining that the “Thin Blue Line” flag was displayed in front of the police department’s office. The flag’s design is similar to the U.S. flag except it has a blue strip that was meant to symbolize police solidarity, but it is seen as a symbol of white supremacy.
Chief Kristan Roman has stated the flag has been taken over by extremists who have “hateful ideologies” and that she doesn’t want her department to framed with them. She wants to distance her department as far away as possible from that image built by the extremists and to build trust with the community.
She stated within an email on January 15 – “We must consider the cost of clinging to a symbol that is undeniably and inextricably linked to actions and beliefs antithetical to UWPD’s values.”
It has been stated that the ban has also included any display of “Thin Blue Line” imagery, this includes the flags, pins, bracelets, notebooks, coffee mugs and etc., the only execution so far is tattoos.
It was seen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6, the “Thin Blue Line” was among the flags displayed by the rioters who had attempted to overturn the election for former President Donald Trump. It has since been released that five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer, have since died in the riot.