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The order from the San Francisco Police Chief, Bill Scott, to no longer wear Thin Blue Line masks came after there was controversy about police wearing the masks during a protest by homeless activists.
“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. In the midst of a global pandemic that has seen far too many first responders lose their lives, across the nation and around the world, it’s important to remember that the masks our officers wear were meant to honor all who make the ultimate sacrifice for the people we serve.”
– San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott
The Thin Blue Line flag is interpreted as part of the “Blue Lives Matter” movement which many perceive as a response to the “Black Lives Matter” Movement.
Joseph Imperatrice, the NYC Blue Lives Matter founder expressed outrage over the order from SFPD Bill Scott.
“I believe a leader in that sense shouldn’t be doing something like that. At a time when we can’t go to funerals for one another, it’s a sign to show that you’re thinking about the families, you’re thinking about the officer and this isn’t the time for the executive to be stepping on their dreams and making a gesture such as that,”
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