Connecticut Town Council Denies Request To Fly ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag In Honor Of Fallen Trooper

The Wethersfield Town Council in Connecticut has voted 5-3 against a motion put forth by Republican members to fly the “Thin Blue Line” flag in front of the town hall in honor of Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier, who was tragically killed by a drunk and drug-impaired driver during a routine traffic stop. The Democrats on the council who voted against the request cited concerns that the flag “represents racism and antagonism to many, many people.”

Instead of flying the Thin Blue Line flag, the town council decided to fly the Pride flag at half-mast, as June is Pride Month. This decision has sparked controversy and criticism from those who believe the council should have honored the fallen trooper’s memory and service.

Trooper Pelletier’s wife, Dominique Pelletier, flew the Thin Blue Line flag in front of her own home on Friday after delivering a heartfelt and emotional tribute to her husband, whom she described as a “man of integrity and honor.” She promised to keep his memory alive for their two children and expressed her deep love and admiration for her late husband.

The suspect responsible for Trooper Pelletier’s death, Alex Oyola-Sanchez, 44, has been charged with multiple offenses, including 2nd-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating while intoxicated, and evading responsibility resulting in death. The fallen trooper, a nine-year veteran of the force, was honored with a 20-mile procession from a funeral home in Southington to the Hartford amphitheater where the service was held.