Blue Lives Matter flag ordered removed by home group

Flag controversy This Blue Lives Matter flag honoring police officers has sparked a racial controversy in one Florida community

Flag controversy This Blue Lives Matter flag honoring police officers has sparked a racial controversy in one Florida community

One St. John County woman has chose to fight her neighborhood homeowners association over the display of a Blue Lives Matter flag outside her house.

But, recently he says his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag because it doesn't fit the rules and regulation of the homeowners association.

But despite what the HOA says, Gaddie told WJAX that the Blue Lives Matter flag is not a symbol of hate.

Jeff Gaddie, the woman's father, says the flag at the center of the controversy was meant to honor him and other family members working in law enforcement. The "Blue Lives Matter" flag follows the template of the American flag, but is rendered in black-and-white with one blue stripe.

"It was noted that you have an unapproved flag on your property", read the letter by the homeowner association.

"She called them to ask why and they told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist and offensive and anti-Black Lives Matter", she said.

According to Gaddie, his daughter was told to submit a permission form for the flag, which was then denied.

First Coast Association Management, the company in charge of implementing the resident's homeowner regulations, explained that the only kinds of flags allowed to be flown in this particular neighborhood were military and American.

According to WJAX, only American flags and USA military flags are permitted to fly in the neighborhood.

But for Gaddie, that flag is personal - and he wants to make it clear that it has always been about support for law enforcement, never about discrimination or racism: "We've got black officers, we've got Asian officers, we've got every race".

Gaddie's daughter is appealing the homeowner association's decision.

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