San Francisco police chief nixes officers’ ‘Thin Blue Line’ coronavirus masks
San Francisco cops have been informed to not wear âThin Blue Lineâ flagÂ coronavirusÂ masks as soon as they are practical.
The edict came down last Friday fromÂ SFPDÂ Chief Bill Scott after police officers generated controversy every time they were observed wearing the masks with a May Day protest by homeless active supporters and workers at an abandoned property.
âThe San Francisco Police Department stands for safety with respect for all, and in consideration of concerns some community members have expressed that âthin blue lineâ symbolism on some of our officersâ face masks may be perceived as divisive orÂ disrespectful, we are taking steps with our officers and the Police Officers Association to provide alternative, neutral personal protective equipment,â Scott said in the statement. âIn the midst of a global pandemic that has seen far too many first responders lose their lives, across the nation and around the world, itâs important to remember that the masks our officers wear were meant to honor all who make the ultimate sacrificeÂ for the people we serve.â
âThin Blue Line masks shall not be worn by our on-duty members,â he had written in the email to members connected with the department, Â Fox 2 San FranciscoÂ reported. The department did not really immediately respond to Fox Newsâ? request for comment.
The flag has become identified along with the pro-police âBlue Lives Matterâ movement, which in turn in turn has been seen as an response to the âBlack Lives Matterâ motion.
The chief also accepted the symbol dated back several decades and was adopted by way of the National Law Enforcement Officersâ? Memorial, Â calling it aÂ âmeaningful expression to honor fallen officers.â
The San Francisco Examiner claimed that after viewing video connected with a line of officers putting on the masks at the demonstration, Shamann Walton, a member connected with the San Francisco Board connected with Supervisors, said, âthat looks more like something you see below the Mason Dixon Line.â
The managers of the protest in this cityâs Castro neighborhood were by a homeless advocacy group, Reclaim SF.