A Florida homeowner was ordered to remove a “Blue Lives Matter” flag she has displayed for years to honor her father and other police officers — active, retired and killed in the line of duty — because a neighbor complained it was racist.
Clip via Fox 30
“If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” Jeff Gaddie, the homeowner’s father told Fox 30 Action News Jacksonville.
But his daughter’s homeowner association sent her a letter telling her to remove the flag because id didn’t conform to its regulations — without any further explanation.
“She called to ask why,” Gaddie said. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”
However, she was also told if she requested permission to fly the flag in writing, it could be granted.
She did, but it was denied.
Gaddie wants neighbors to realize the flag isn’t a black or white thing — it’s a simple show of support.
“We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race,” Gaddie said. “I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it.”
Sentiment favors keeping the flag, removing the offended neighbor.
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The family is planning to appeal the decision at next month’s homeowners association meeting.
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