Placing yellow ribbons on police vehicles is a political statement and should not be endorsed by the city, according to one councillor.
On Friday, Ottawa Police began placing the “Support Our Troops” ribbons on its vehicles, but Coun. Alex Cullen believes municipal property should not be used for such representation.
“The purpose of these vehicles is public service, not taking political sides,” he said.
Cullen said he supports the troops, but thinks Chief Vernon White is making a political statement with the ribbons.
White maintains it is not political and has the support of Mayor Larry O’Brien and other councillors.
“The ribbons are a small way of saying thank you,” said O’Brien. “It’s only political if … Cullen makes it.”
Cullen maintains the issue should have been decided by the Police Services Board, but Coun. Eli El Chantiry, a member of the board, thinks they would have endorsed the proposal wholeheartedly.
“Our position is to support the troops and their families,” said El-Chantiry.