Sunday, September 13, 2020

Caledonia Police Department selling 'Back The Blue' signs despite one trustee's concerns about partisanship

From The Journal

Adam Rogan

The Caledonia Police Department is selling Back The Blue signs for $10.

CALEDONIA — Although one Village Board member has raised concerns about the village appearing partisan, the Caledonia Police Department is continuing to sell Back The Blue signs to raise funds for its community policing efforts.

The laminated yard signs are being sold Monday through Friday for $10 each at the Caledonia Police Department, 6900 Nicholson Road, or by calling 262-835-4433. The proceeds will cover the costs of the signs, with the profit going toward funding the village’s expanding community policing initiative, according to the department.

Christopher Botsch


“The ‘Back the Blue’ signs are designed to show support for the police. The signs are NOT designed or intended to oppose any other group or idea,” Police Chief Christopher Botsch explained in an email. “I do NOT believe that support of our police officers and conversations on police reform are mutually exclusive concepts.”

Fran Martin, Caledonia trustee, 2018 photo


Still, Trustee Fran Martin had concerns. Regarding the phrase “Back The Blue,” Martin said during a Caledonia Village Board meeting Tuesday, “That’s a very politicized thing. It’s taken by many people to be in opposition to Black Lives Matter. I wish we had done something more neutral … it is interpreted as opposition of Black lives. I don’t think we as a village should be supplying those.”

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Ms. Martin would be better off worrying about her hair color offending someone . . .

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