CT lawmakers won’t fly flag as tribute to fallen officer, gladly use ‘Pride’ banner instead

Democrats on a Connecticut town council voted against flying a “Thin Blue Line” flag to honor a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

Connecticut State Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier was killed during a traffic stop last week by a hit-and-run driver. While Democrat Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont ordered for flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor, Council Member Rich Bailey (R) suggested something more.

He asked the Wethersfield Town Council to fly the special flag over town hall to honor the fallen officer.

But Democrats on the council sparked the ire of many when they voted down the measure, claiming that the flag honoring police is divisive and racist. However, the American flag and the state flag as well as the LGBTQ pride flag, which was being flown for Pride Month, were all allowed to be flown at half-staff instead.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, all three Republicans on the council voted in favor of flying the Thin Blue Line flag. Of the six Democrats on the panel, five voted against the measure and there was one abstention, according to WTNH News.

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“All we are doing is trying to respect a fallen police officer,” Bailey, a retired fire chief, told WTNH.

“In my home, [the “thin blue line” flag] means police, and they protect us, and they are our first line of defense,” the Republican added. “They always are, and they’re always here, and they’re always for us.”

But Democrat council members vocally disagreed.

“It represents racism and antagonism to many, many people,” Emily Zambrello told WTNH. “And if you don’t personally believe that, and you fly at your own house and you think it means something to you, that is much more positive — it’s just not how many people feel about it.”

“It’s not appropriate to raise it over our town hall, especially when our flag policy prohibits us from doing anything associated with hate,” the Democrat added.

Wethersfield Mayor Ken Lesser, a Democrat and a member of the council who voted against the Thin Blue Line flag, suggested an alternate option.

“The first responders’ flag recognizes all the first responders — police, fire, emergency management. The ‘blue line’ flag was designed for police officers and it goes back over 100 years, but now it has been used by white supremacists and many police groups have disavowed that flag,” he claimed.

Pelletier’s funeral this week was reportedly attended by thousands.

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“To my honey, you weren’t just my husband,” his wife Dominique said at the service, according to the New York Post. “You were my home. You were my heart. You were my safe place and my provider. My best friend. My secret keeper. My favorite gossiper.”

“The light in our smiles will be forever dimmed and the thought of this world without that laugh seems unimaginable but has already become real,” the mother of two said. “I promise to keep you alive in our home, in our heart, and in our boys’ memories forever. I love you, and I miss you.”

The Wethersfield Town Council’s decision was met with angry reactions on social media:

Frieda Powers

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