Discussion posted by: David McNamara
A controversial “thin blue line” flag flying at the headquarters of one of Canada’s largest police force unions is raising concerns about what message members are trying to send. The Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) replaced its red and white Canadian flag with a black and white version that features a horizontal blue stripe outside its Barrie, Ont. office in June. The union said in a statement that the flag symbolizes its support for the family of RCMP officer Heidi Stevenson, who was killed in the Nova Scotia mass shooting, and will remain up in honour of B.C. Const. Allan Young, who was beaten to death while off duty, as well as “all fallen officers.” “The police community displays this flag to represent support, solidarity and respect to our fallen heroes,” said OPPA President Rob Jamieson.