Fla. woman told to remove 'Blue Lives Matter' flag from home

The homeowner’s association said they received a complaint that the flag was "racist and offensive"

By PoliceOne Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A homeowner’s association told a woman her “Blue Lives Matter” flag was “racist and offensive” and it needed to be taken down.

Jeff Gaddie told Fox 2 Now that his daughter received a letter from the association asking her to remove it because it didn’t fit the rules and regulations of the neighborhood. They said they received a complaint that the flag was “anti-black lives matter.”

Gaddie said that the flag has flown outside his daughter’s house for years to honor him and other law enforcement family members. 

“If you drive by and see that flag it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that hey there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” he told the news station.

The association said Gaddie’s daughter needed to submit a permission form to fly the flag. When she did, they denied her request stating “Only certain flags are allowed to fly but we can refuse any flag that we want on any grounds.”

Gaddie told ActionNewsJax that his daughter took it down because “she doesn’t want to be perceived as breaking the laws or anything.”

According to Fox 2 Now, the management company said only American and military flags are allowed to fly

The family said they are appealing the decision next month at the association meeting, but want their neighbors to know that the flag is only meant to show support. 

“We’ve got black officers, Asian officers, we’ve got every race. I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race it’s the furthest thing from it,” Gaddie said. 

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