Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins weighed in Monday on a controversy in neighboring Montgomery County, questioning the patriotism of County Executive Marc Elrich after Elrich’s decision to prevent a county police precinct from displaying a wooden flag expressing support for a controversial symbol of law enforcement.

The controversy erupted Wednesday when the Montgomery County Police Department shared information on Twitter thanking resident James Shelton and his son for giving the county’s 5th District station a wooden American flag with a blue line replacing one of the lines that is usually red, according to the Montgomery County website Bethesda Beat.

Elrich (D) told the site he wished the department’s spokespeople had reconsidered putting up the post.

He expressed concern that the flag used to show solidarity with police officers and law enforcement has also been used by white nationalists, and is seen by some supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement as a racist symbol.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) blasted Elrich’s decision Sunday as “disgraceful,” and Montgomery County’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 called the decision “an act of outright disrespect,” according to Bethesda Beat.

Jenkins (R) joined the discussion Monday, appearing on the television show “Fox and Friends,” calling Elrich’s decision “totally outrageous” and saying Elrich “has become an embarrassment to Montgomery County.”

“Mr. Elrich doesn’t like anything about America, I don’t believe,” Jenkins told the show’s hosts.

He tied the move to Elrich’s recent decision not to allow county law enforcement cooperate with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“He has really put the county citizens at risk, he’s put them in danger. And this is just another move, it’s really foolish,” Jenkins said in Monday’s interview.

The thin blue line represents law enforcement’s separation between “civilized society and total chaos,” Jenkins said.

In an interview Monday night, Jenkins confirmed his belief that Elrich’s decision shows a disregard and disrespect for law enforcement in general and police in Montgomery County specifically.

“He has no respect for the law,” Jenkins said.

The flag incident doesn’t put people’s lives at risk in the same way that he believes the ICE decision does, but it’s bad for the police department’s morale, Jenkins said.

He praised the Montgomery County Police Department as excellent, but said the officers that he’s talked to have little faith in their elected leaders.

Jenkins repeated his belief that Elrich lacks patriotism, and “doesn’t like anything about the America that we believe in.”

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(68) comments

KellyAlzan

pretty ironic that Trumpkins, who lacks the qualifications to even be considered for employment as a Montgomery County police officer (based on public information as well information in his campaign material) is running his chops about the MOCO executive. Who is he to think anyone cares what he thinks?

Lemmy

Based on your thirteen comments here, I would say you seem to have taken an interest on what he says.

bnick467

Sheriff Jenkins couldn't help himself from sticking his nose into something that is none of his business, just so he can remind his supporters what a racist piece of scum he really is. The worst part is, many people in the county are happy that their sheriff is a racist piece of scum. I could never understand why people are so insecure in their station in life that they have convince themselves that they are superior to others based simply on skin color.

KellyAlzan

The man who lost a civil suit from an illegal immigrant (as reported in the FNP and other media organizations) has the nerve to belittle leadership of a whole other county. Sad. You cant make this stuff up!

Russian

Law enforcement backed a non racist governor in Kentucky and he won.

threecents

Maybe it would be a good idea to have an appointed sheriff, rather than a voter-chosen one. Either way, I would prefer that the sheriff not be involved in politics.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Its a political position. You would have to change Maryland's Constitution.

KellyAlzan

They know that.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Wonder if the Honorable David Trone MD-6 has an issue with police depts in his jurisdiction displaying the "thin blue line" Flag. Representative Trone, what say you? Curious voters would like to know.

yogib

Sorry Chuck, your nose in another County confirms what others have been saying about your lack of accountability and bully attitude in Frederick

Obadiah Plainsmen

You know we are in a wacky political climate when Republicans are defending the Unions and Democrats are bashing the Unions.

https://www.foplodge35.com/news/2019/11/2/lodge-35s-response-to-acting-chief-jones-and-county-executive-elrich-rejecting-thin-blue-line-flag

shiftless88

Republicans only like unions for police. Nothing else.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Then can I say the only unions Democrats dislike are Police. Nothing else.

KellyAlzan

Quote:

“Jenkins repeated his belief that Elrich lacks patriotism, and “doesn’t like anything about the America that we believe in.”

Who is the “we”? Trump and Putin?

KellyAlzan

Quote:

”“Mr. Elrich doesn’t like anything about America, I don’t believe,” Jenkins told the show’s hosts.”

What a piggy insecure ignorant comment.

KellyAlzan

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”He praised the Montgomery County Police Department as excellent, but said the officers that he’s talked to have little faith in their elected leaders.”

Same as many of the FCSO deputies say about the elected sheriff

KellyAlzan

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”“He has no respect for the law,” Jenkins said.”

Pot meet kettle. For some reason The Santos case comes to mind.

KellyAlzan

He’s not a lawman he’s a politician

richardlyons

It seems that Bubba cannot craves national media attention more than doing his job as sheriff of Frederick County. He went to the US Mexico border, goes to the WH monthly, now questions the patriotism of the Montgomery County Executive. Note to Bubba, re-focus on solving/preventing crime in Frederick County!

KellyAlzan

The Frederick county sheriff sticking his nose in places it doesn’t belong. 1 - it’s not his job, it isn’t what he was/is elected to do, to determine, and dwell on, whom is “patriotic” or not. 2 - its not his job to meddle in Montgomery county’s business, Trumpkins is a Frederick County official. No one In MOCO cares what he thinks.

It’s as if he has gotten bored with his position and has lost sight of what he was hired to do. You know, like when he was a detective - all the other detectives at FCSO, FPD, and MSP we’re out working on solving crimes; but when Trumpkins was on duty, he was busy campaigning. he hasn’t changed.

public-redux

Jenkins the outside agitator. I'm old enough to remember when conservatives used make that complaint about libs.

seanjames

this symbol wasn't created in a vacuum - it was a direct response and comment on the black lives matter movement. it is therefore not a neutral symbol of support for LE, but a political statement. namely that police should be free to kill unarmed black people with impunity because their lives are more important. it's also, ironically, disrespectful to the very flag these nuts constantly wrap themselves in. kudos to elrich. i wish this county had more leaders with his moral fortitude instead of blustering morons running to fox news with their empty platitudes. what a disgrace

MrSniper

I find it interesting that some pretend to be offended by outrage culture yet when it’s their little pet issue, there they are, whining just as loudly as anyone they profess to condemn.

It’s inappropriate to deface the flag. It’s even more inappropriate for any government agency to display a defaced flag.

Sheriff Jenkins is a public figure. He needs to focus on what the voters of Frederick elected him to do and abstain from making divisive comments.

Lemmy

Following months of national media coverage over the handling of illegal aliens in his custody, Montgomery County, Maryland, Executive Marc Elrich has somewhat reversed a sanctuary policy he signed into law.

Elrich will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents the ability to access certain areas of the Montgomery County jail in order to apprehend illegal aliens, according to ABC7 News. A county spokesman confirmed to the local news outlet on Nov. 1 that correctional officers have been ordered to give ICE agents clearance to “identified areas” of the jail to “ensure that transfers are conducted in a safe environment.”

Dwasserba

"Jenkins (R) joined the discussion Monday, appearing on the television show 'Fox and Friends'" ...Why not. Nothing to do here.

Russian

Great work law enforcement!

11/5/2019 A 27-year-old man who allegedly espoused white supremacist ideology online was arrested by the FBI and accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue in Colorado.

gary4books

When we do not agree with others, it is no time to say they are not patriotic or loyal. That just means we have nothing reasonable to say. If we had something to say that makes sense, we should just say it.

Russian

A bumper sticker or decal claiming support of law enforcement is not worth the wood or paper it’s printed on. If you truly support law enforcement you’ll pay higher taxes to ensure they have adequate resources.

MD1756

Elrich made the right decision but not necessarily for the right reason. According to Title 4 U.S. Code (USC) which addresses respect for the flag, Section 8 paragraph (g) states: "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature." Certainly any governmental organization should know what is proper and what is not proper when it comes to the American flag. Replacing a red stripe with a blue stripe does not meet the code even if you support the organization. In particular, no governmental organization at any level (nor anyone else for that matter) should be flying/displaying the U.S. flag in a manner that is inconsistent with the USC (although there may be no enforcement provisions it is a simple matter of respect).

mrnatural1

Great comment MD1756. [thumbup]

truck

It is not a true US flag, the flag code does not apply. It is made of entirely of wood. The colors are black, white and blue.

MD1756

The code applies to more than just "true flags." Look at paragraph (j) in the code: "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart." Lapel pins are clearly not "true flags" and yet the code clearly covers them because they are replicas of the flag. It becomes clear that depictions/replicas of the flag should be treated as the flag and deserve the same respect. On the American flag, blue belongs only as the background of the canton (aka Union in the USC), not in the field of the flag as a stripe.

Russian

In the two weeks since a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, law enforcement officials say they have thwarted at least seven separate mass shootings or white supremacist attacks across the US.

At least four of the alleged foiled plots also appeared to involve men espousing far-right viewpoints and racist ideologies, with echoes of the Texas massacre. The 21-year-old suspect in that shooting, considered the deadliest anti-Latino attack in modern US history, allegedly authored a racist anti-immigrant “manifesto”.

Russian

Most Americans support law enforcement especially black Americans who rely on law enforcement disproportionately more than whites. Because of the sacrifice of white law enforcement blacks can attend public schools, worship and reside in rural America

threecents

I hate it when I agree with Chuck. BLM goes to far in it's anti-police rhetoric. They would be against any symbol of police. And it is not OK for racist and anti-racist groups to co-op popular culture symbols to further their cause. I understand how the confederate flag and the swastika and maybe even Taney statues can be sensitive topics, but this is getting out of hand. We should support our police, just as we support our troops.

KellyAlzan

Quote:

“OK for racist and anti-racist groups to co-op popular culture symbols to further their cause.“

This isn’t about any “groups”. It’s about a department of a county government.

Police are not allowed to put stickers of any symbolic symbols on their cruisers (rainbow flags, FOP stickers, NRA stickers, church crosses, etc.

This wooden flag issue is no different.

Very nice gesture. Of course. But not appropriate on county coveremt property. The FOP is not any affiliation with the county government; place the flag in the FOP and move on with life.

mrnatural1

Good idea, Kelly.

threecents

From the article, it sounds like the controversy is over a tweet from Elrich - not over where the flag is displayed.

threecents

Oops never mind. My mistake. [smile]

shiftless88

I support the police in general. However, I also believe that they continue to make the situation worse by not actually being proactive (or even reactive) and working to strengthen their internal oversight. When the park police will not turn over information around the killing of that guy over 18 months ago, it is not helping citizens' views of the police nor is it generating confidence in police's efforts at improving.

KellyAlzan

Totally on board with you.

gary4books

We can support our troops without changing the flag. No need here.

mrnatural1

Well said, threecents. [thumbup]

threecents

I am not saying I agree with what every police department does or what every police officer does. There is institutional racism involved in our laws and how police departments are run and funded. However, as Chuck said, the thin blue line is what keeps society from falling into chaos, and police officers did not deserve the disrespect that Elrich showed.

shiftless88

Questioning someone's patriotism and claiming they do not love their country is something we should not tolerate of an elected official.

Dwasserba

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threecents

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huskycats

Thanks for speaking up Sheriff Jenkins, couldn't agree with you and Governor Hogan more.

Samanthapowers

Shouldn’t this sheriff be focused on doing his job and not causing more problems? Perhaps it is to distract/deflect from the audit?

BlueFredneck

Looks like a bit of right-wing virtue signaling. Yellow ribbon during the 00s. Public and ostentatious display of one's religion. They're all there, just like the left-wing virtue signalling.

mrnatural1

Good point, BlueFredneck. That is often the case.

awteam2000

Police departments should avoid ANY APPEARANCES of political bias or partisanship. There shouldn’t be any display of political symbols on their uniforms, police vehicles or displayed in precincts. The flag may have been offered innocently enough, but is a political controversial symbol that pits members of the community against each other and creates an appearance of partisanship harming credibility of the officers in the communities they serve. Erlich made the right call

Jenkins clearly doesn’t understand this is a long observed practice of military and police forces in the United States. This ain’t Montgomery Alabama.

https://www.justice.gov/jmd/ethics-handbook

Dwasserba

[thumbup]aw

KellyAlzan

Nailed it. And to go one step further, and I know this for a fact, fcso deputies are not allowed, while on duty, to even recommend a business to a citizen. For example, if I’m talking to Deputy Trumpkins while he is on duty, and I say “I’m looking for someone to clean my house, who do you recommend?” According to the General Order he is not to make any recommendations.

KellyAlzan

I ended my post too soon. What I’m expressing is that law enforcement is to appear neutral at all times.

At the end of the day, they’re paid servants. Their personal beliefs and personal advocacy’s (spelling / punctuation) are deemed moot as far as their call of duty is concerned.

Now, from a personal, empathetic, perspective, yes, blue lives surely do matter, just as the migrants waiting at the border lives matter. All lives matter.

mrnatural1

Absolutely correct aw. [thumbup]

newspostreader

Jenkins - Keep your nose out of Montgomery County. You serve Frederick County. Mind your business and put the focus in the right place.

Lemmy

Erlich and the Democratic leadership of Montgomery County despise Montgomery County police. The feeling is mutual.

FrederickFan

How does criticizing elected officials from another county fall within his role as Sheriff? He needs to focus on Frederick County, fill his vacant positions and hire some more deputies and do some community policing. This is political grandstanding.

matthewboh

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KellyAlzan

Montgomery County is an entirely different demographic. Montgomery county police are there to serve the people of Montgomery county. They chose their careers. They are amongst the most well compensated in the nation. Montgomery county citizens have an extremely wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. They make the county. They are who. The police Dept are servants to. A whole different world.

A racist redneck sheriff with no education, no supervisor exams, dwelling on something far above his level. It’s like a local micro brewery dwelling on Coors Brewing

Russian

America lost more veterans in CONUS the past 10 years than in over 20 years in Vietnam.

Russian

While Americans bickering over kneeling during the national anthem and race relations in law enforcement the Department of Veterans Affairs released an alarming report showing that at least 60,000 veterans died by suicide between 2008 and 2017, with little sign that the crisis is abating despite claiming suicide prevention being the VA's top priority. The sad truth is Americans are more concerned with protecting Russians, Racist and Radical leftist than our war fighters.

Russian

It’s an embarrassment that

Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter

Yet Military Lives Do Not.

threecents

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fnpzwack

Obsessed much? Chuck is the peoples choice. You and Karl are not.

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