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The family of a slain Maine police officer was recently forced to remove a Thin Blue Line flag from a utility pole near their home.

According to Fox News, the son of Trooper Charles Black—who was fatally shot during a bank robbery in 1964—placed the flag on a pole to mark the anniversary of his death.

Citizens complained that they were offended by the flag and requested that the city have it removed from public property.

Town Manager Steve Burns contacted the Black family and asked them to remove the flag, saying that the complaining resident contended that the flag "represents segregation and discrimination."

The trooper's widow—Mary Black Andrews—said, "It bothers me tremendously. It’s the anniversary of his death. He gave his life to protect the public, and I gave my life to this town, and we can’t even celebrate this person."