I realize it is short notice but please read the press release from PBA local 188. A small group has taken issue with the blue line that the borough of Flemington has painted down Main Street. A blue line painted on a road is just simply support for law enforcement. Hopefully you can find the time to come and support PBA local 188.
Hunterdon County PBA 188 Statement, reference Thin Blue Line on Main Street, Flemington:
It has come to the attention of Hunterdon County PBA 188, that issue has been raised with Flemington Borough’s Thin Blue Line on Main Street. On Thursday December 15th, Flemington DIY will be hosting a “Conversation on the Blue Line: A panel on Race Relations in Rural New Jersey” from 7pm-9:30pm.
Flemington DIY has invited the following people as their featured panelists:
Yamiesha Bell (Founder of Black Lives Matter, Rutgers)
Alexa Offenhauer (Hunterdon County Anti-Racist Coalition)
Jeff Wilhelms (Race Relations Professor at Rutgers University / Vice President of the Toms River Area N.A.A.C.P.)
Two Members of Flemington Borough Council will be there as well.
A Statement from Hunterdon County PBA 188:
The Hunterdon County PBA does not perceive this line as a divide between the police and the community, we see it as unity. If it is the belief that the Thin Blue Line is against any specific race or ethnicity, or that the line alienates diversity, is offensive to those 137 Law enforcement officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty this year. The Borough of Flemington has shown overwhelming support for its law enforcement officers and from the community who are made up of wonderful people.
The Thin Blue Line has been a symbol of law enforcement since the mid 1980’s to commemorate the fallen and support law enforcement. It symbolizes the positive relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect. Recently, it has also represented a stance that we are all in this together, as protectors of our citizens and stand united against the criminal element.
Flemington Borough recently made a statement to their community by painting this symbol on their Main Street. This statement signifies their support and value for law enforcement. The Borough, as well as many municipalities around the state, have chosen to show support to members of the law enforcement community that risk their lives every day in dedicated service to their communities and country.
We would like to thank Flemington Borough and the many other towns that support us as peacekeepers in their communities. We hope that the support they have for us will rise above politics.
We hope the citizens in our community will come out and support the Blue Line on Thursday December 15th starting at 7pm. This will take place at Flemington DIY, located at 90 Main Street (connected to the police department).