LAPD's Thin Blue Line flag ban spurs outrage amid recruitment struggles: 'Morale's in the gutter'

The Los Angeles Police Department is facing fierce criticism after it banned displaying the Thin Blue Line Flag over a complaint it symbolized "extremist" views.  Founder

of Blue Lives Matter NYC Joseph Imperatrice joined "Fox & Friends First" Monday to discuss why he is furious over the move and how it will impact staffing shortages and morale

moving forward.  "When people make a complaint like that, they don't like the cops on any given day, so we've got to take that into account," Imperatrice told co-host Todd

Piro. "For [the] police chief to take it down, it kind of makes the other side think that there is actually something wrong with that flag, which it's not. But then in the other

breath to tell your police officers on the other side of this wall, you can hang it on your locker, on your vehicles. There's nothing wrong with the flag." CALIFORNIA MOMS

DEFEND STUDENTS' RIGHT TO FLY ‘THIN BLUE LINE’ FLAG AFTER FOOTBALL PLAYERS DEFY BAN "What really bothers cops is that God forbid a police officer was killed in one of those

jurisdictions today or tomorrow, I can guarantee you that not only flowers and candles would be placed there, but all different types of blue lines, whether it's flags or stickers

or cups, but it's OK," he continued. "It's not alright. We need to stand up for our cops. We should've left it there." The department banned the use of the Thin Blue Line

Flag from public areas within police departments last week over a single complaint tying the flag to the Proud Boys and other groups.  READ ON THE FOX NEWS APP Despite

the ban, officers will still be allowed to hang the symbol above their "workspace, locker door, or personal vehicle," according to LAPD Police Chief Michael Moore.