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Law enforcement officers and supporters who display the thin blue line flag view it as a show of pride and respect for a dangerous profession that puts officers’ lives on the line. Critics, however, believe the symbol creates a sense of division between police and the communities they serve.

SAN DIEGO — It’s a symbol that has existed for years: a black and white U.S. flag with a single blue stripe. The thin blue line.

Law enforcement officers and supporters who display the thin blue line flag – on patrol vehicles, uniforms and, in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks – view it as a show of pride and respect for a dangerous profession that puts officers’ lives on the line.

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