Florida homeowner told to take down ‘racist, offensive’ flag; so, what was its message?

Florida homeowner told to take down ‘racist, offensive’ flag; so, what was its message?
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Jeff Gaddie says the Blue Lives Matter flag has flown outside his daughter’s home in St. Johns County for years.

Gaddie told Action News Jax it’s flown to honor him — and many other family members — who are law enforcement.

The homeowner is asking the St. Johns County neighborhood not be identified for fear of backlash.

“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,” Gaddie said.

Recently, his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag, saying it doesn’t fit the rules and regulations of the homeowners association.

“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.”

She was asked to submit a form for permission to fly to flag — so she sent in the request.

The request was denied.

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