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In the predominantly Democratic town of Wethersfield, Connecticut, a contentious decision by the town council has ignited a heated debate.

The council declined a proposal to hoist the "thin blue line" flag in memory of a state trooper who tragically lost his life in the line of duty recently. The flag, typically raised in support of law enforcement, was deemed by the council to symbolize division and racism for some individuals.

According to The New York Post, the suggestion to fly the "thin blue line" flag over the town hall was put forth by Council Member Rich Bailey (R). The flag was intended to honor the memory of Connecticut State Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier, 34, who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop. However, the proposal failed to secure the necessary votes at Tuesday's council meeting, with three votes in favor, five against, and one abstention. The council comprises six Democrats and three Republicans.

In lieu of the "thin blue line" flag, the LGBTQ pride flag, which had already been hoisted for Pride Month in June, along with the American flag and the state flag, were flown at half-mast.

Bailey, in his conversation with WTNH News 8, expressed his disappointment, saying, "All we are doing is trying to respect a fallen police officer." He further added, "In my home, [the thin blue line flag] means police, and they protect us, and they are our first line of defense. They always are, and theyre always here, and theyre always for us.

However, other council members argued that the flag's symbolism has evolved in recent years. Emily Zambrello (D) stated, It represents racism and antagonism to many, many people. And if you dont personally believe that, and you fly at your own house and you think it means something to you, that is much more positive its just not how many people feel about it. Its not appropriate to raise it over our town hall, especially when our flag policy prohibits us from doing anything associated with hate.

Wethersfield Mayor Ken Lesser, who voted against the proposal, mentioned that an alternative option was offered to honor the fallen trooper: the first responders' flag. He explained, 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.

Bailey, a retired fire chief and son of a police officer, rejected the first responders' flag as a substitute.

Trooper Pelletier, who was killed by an allegedly drug-impaired driver, was laid to rest on Wednesday. Thousands attended his funeral service, including his wife Dominique, who delivered a heart-wrenching tribute to her late husband.

To my honey, you werent just my husband, she said. 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. 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 council's decision underscores the ongoing debate about the symbolism of the "thin blue line" flag, a debate that has intensified in the wake of recent social and political events. The council's decision, while controversial, reflects a broader conversation about the role of symbols in our society and their potential to both unite and divide.