Democrat city council refuses to fly ‘racist’ Skinny Blue Line flag for slain cop and as an alternative flies LGBT rainbow banner

A Democrat-led city council in Connecticut has voted towards a movement to fly the Skinny Blue Line flag in honor of a state trooper killed within the line of responsibility.

Aaron Pelletier, Trooper First Class, was struck and killed final week by a suspect excessive on cocaine and fentanyl whereas conducting a routine visitors cease on a state freeway. 

His widow Dominique choked again tears as she paid tribute at his vigil on Wednesday, remembering him as ‘my honey, my house, my coronary heart and my greatest good friend.’

Her heartrending speech in entrance of 1000’s of mourners got here after the Democrat-run Wethersfield city council stirred controversy on Monday by voting down an try to have the Skinny Blue Line flag flown in his honor.

The movement failed by 5-3 after the Democrats claimed the flag – a logo utilized by the Blue Lives Matter motion since 2014 – is racist. As a substitute, the LGBT rainbow flag was flown at half mast after it had already been agreed that the banner would fly all through June, which is Pleasure month.

Aaron Pelletier (high left), Trooper First Class, was killed final week whereas conducting a visitors cease on a state freeway. He leaves behind his spouse, Dominique (high proper) and two younger sons

Emily Zambrello, a Democratic member of the council mentioned of the Skinny Blue Line flag: ‘That flag was both created or not less than grew to become prevalent in direct response to the Black Lives Matter protests, which have been fueled partly by the killing of George Floyd by police.

‘It’s considered as antagonistic even in the event you don’t see it that approach and I don’t assume that’s a superb flag to fly, particularly not with out additional dialogue.’

Fellow councilmember Brianna Timbro, a Republican, argued that the Skinny Blue Line flag existed properly earlier than the Black Lives Matter riots – which erupted in 2020 – and bears no relation to the Blue Lives Matter motion.

On the Pleasure ceremony at Wethersfield City Corridor on Tuesday morning, the rainbow LGBT flag flew at half-mast to honor Pelletier’s sacrifice.

‘We can’t be elevating the pleasure flag at the moment. It is already up on the pole at half-staff in honor of his passing,’ mentioned state consultant Amy Morrin Bello as she spoke on the ceremony.

Governor Ned Lamont, a Democrat, was in attendance on the ceremony. He had beforehand directed state flags to be flown at half-mast to honor Pelletier.

When requested what the Skinny Blue Line flag means to her, Zambrello mentioned it ‘represents racism and antagonism to many, many individuals.’

‘It is not applicable to boost above out City Corridor, particularly when our flag coverage prohibits us from doing something related to hate,’ she added.

She additionally mentioned that it doesn’t matter if the Skinny Blue Line flag means one thing completely different to some folks, who select to fly it on their private property as an indication of solidarity with the legislation enforcement group. 

When asked what the Thin Blue Line flag means to her, Democratic councilwoman Emily Zambrello (pictured) said it 'represents racism and antagonism to many, many people,' and added that it doesn't matter if others believe the flag is a way to honor the men in blue

When requested what the Skinny Blue Line flag means to her, Democratic councilwoman Emily Zambrello (pictured) mentioned it ‘represents racism and antagonism to many, many individuals,’ and added that it would not matter if others imagine the flag is a technique to honor the boys in blue

While some town residents commended the decision of he council agreeing that the Thin Blue Line flag is racist, others harshly condemned the group and said they will remember this action when election day arrives

Whereas some city residents recommended the choice of he council agreeing that the Skinny Blue Line flag is racist, others harshly condemned the group and mentioned they are going to bear in mind this motion when election day arrives

Some councilmembers contested the decision, arguing that the Thin Blue Line flag existed well before the Black Lives Matter protests and bears no relation to the Police Lives Matter movement

Some councilmembers contested the choice, arguing that the Skinny Blue Line flag existed properly earlier than the Black Lives Matter protests and bears no relation to the Police Lives Matter motion

Social media commentator Libs of TikTok highlighted the incident on her well-trafficked account, writing: ‘Watch fallen state trooper Aaron Pelletier’s spouse honor her husband. Aaron leaves behind a loving spouse and a couple of younger kids who will now develop up with out a father. 

‘Democrats led by Emily Zambrello determined to fly the PRIDE FLAG at half employees to honor Aaron. They refused a request to fly the American skinny blue line flag as a result of it “represents racism and antagonism.” 

‘That is how Democrats honor a fallen officer. How degrading and disrespectful. There’s no low for them.’

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a staunch defender of the legislation enforcement group, responded to Libs of TikTok’s put up, merely writing: ‘That is ridiculous.’

Some Wethersfield residents expressed their discontent with the council’s choice by commenting in town’s Fb web page.

‘What disgusting habits! The individuals who voted to not fly the blue line flag are hopefully voted out of workplace. When it comes time to vote, bear in mind this,’ wrote Sheila Bekker Ierardi.

‘They approve a intercourse flag however deny a police flag honoring a murdered Trooper. Shameful and Disgusting,’ wrote Bob Smith.

‘Democrats hate the police,’ mentioned Martin Riggs.

And at last, ‘Weak politicians are precisely why the pos who killed him have been free to take action within the first place. What an absolute shame of a city,’ wrote Kiana Marie.

At the Pride ceremony at Wethersfield Town Hall on Tuesday morning, it was the rainbow LGBTQ+ flag flew at half-mast to honor Pelletier's sacrifice

On the Pleasure ceremony at Wethersfield City Corridor on Tuesday morning, it was the rainbow LGBTQ+ flag flew at half-mast to honor Pelletier’s sacrifice

Dominique Pelletier with her two sons Troy and Zachary Pelletier stands with family and friends, as she waits for her husband Connecticut state trooper Aaron Pelletier's casket to be brought into the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday

Dominique Pelletier together with her two sons Troy and Zachary Pelletier stands with household and buddies, as she waits for her husband Connecticut state trooper Aaron Pelletier’s casket to be introduced into the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday

A car being driven by an alleged intoxicated man with a serious criminal history. hit Pelletier, his squad car, and the car he'd pulled over. The officer died from his injuries at the scene

A automobile being pushed by an alleged intoxicated man with a severe legal historical past. hit Pelletier, his squad automobile, and the automobile he’d pulled over. The officer died from his accidents on the scene

Connecticut State trooper Aaron Pelletier's casket is carried out of Xfinity Theater after his funeral on Wednesday. He had been a state trooper for nine years, a job his supervisors said he loved

Connecticut State trooper Aaron Pelletier’s casket is carried out of Xfinity Theater after his funeral on Wednesday. He had been a state trooper for 9 years, a job his supervisors mentioned he cherished

In an emotional speech at her husband’s memorial on Wednesday, Dominique Pelletier known as her husband a ‘man of integrity and honor.’

‘I’ll make sure that our kids all the time know these traits positively got here from him,’ she added earlier than addressing her husband particularly.

‘To my honey, you weren’t simply my husband. You have been my house. You have been my coronary heart. You have been my protected place and my supplier. My greatest good friend. My secret keeper. My favourite gossiper.

‘The sunshine in our smiles will likely be perpetually dimmed and the considered this world with out that giggle appears unimaginable however has already turn out to be actual. I promise to maintain you alive in our house, in our coronary heart and in our boys’ recollections perpetually. I really like you, and I miss you.’

Governor Lamont, whose spouse seems to have made a $5,000 donation to Pelletier’s household within the wake of his killing, was additionally in attendance on the memorial.

The service was preceded by a 20-mile procession from a funeral house in Southington to the Hartford amphitheater the place the service was held. 

Pelletier’s casket was escorted by dozens of police bikes and vehicles. Fireplace ladder vans additionally flew American flags alongside the route. 

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont was in attendance both at Tuesday's Pride ceremony and at Pelletier's funeral and memorial service on Wednesday

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont was in attendance each at Tuesday’s Pleasure ceremony and at Pelletier’s funeral and memorial service on Wednesday

The suspect, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, 44, has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating while intoxicated, as well as operating a motor vehicle without minimum insurance, failure to drive in proper lane, and evading responsibility resulting in death

The suspect, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, 44, has been charged with 2nd diploma manslaughter with a motorized vehicle, working whereas intoxicated, in addition to working a motorized vehicle with out minimal insurance coverage, failure to drive in correct lane, and evading duty leading to loss of life

The motive force of the car that killed the nine-year veteran of the power fled the scene, however was later tracked down and arrested. 

The suspect, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, 44, has been charged with 2nd diploma manslaughter with a motorized vehicle, working whereas intoxicated, in addition to working a motorized vehicle with out minimal insurance coverage, failure to drive in correct lane, and evading duty leading to loss of life.

Cops declare he was on a dizzying array of medicine on the time of the collision, together with fentanyl and cocaine.

Oyola-Sanchez is being held on a $5million bond. He had beforehand served a federal sentence for homicide and was arrested for murder in Puerto Rico.

A GoFundMe for Pelletier’s spouse and kids has raised almost $575,000. 



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