Homeowners Association Calls on Florida Man to Remove “Blue Lives Matter” Flag
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A Florida homeowner’s association has asked a resident sheriff’s deputy to remove his “Blue Lives Matter” flag from his home.
Sean Kennedy, a 25-year-old officer, lives with his wife and children in a housing estate in New Port Richey, Florida. It is a deed-restricted community where lawns are neatly mowed and cars parked in garages.
Above Kennedy’s garage flies a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, which he said he had worn for years. The flag looks like an American flag except for the black stripes and a blue stripe for law enforcement and a red stripe for firefighters.
âPeople don’t really understand this flag. It has nothing to do with the police, âKennedy said. âIt was the police who were killed. The meaning of the flag is to support the police officers who have been killed. Not the police which is active at the moment. “
The association said in a letter to Kennedy: “While we support your patriotism, the American flag must be the traditional American flag.”
Neighbor James Adams does not understand why the association asks Kennedy to remove the flag.
âI understand that there are certain guidelines and regulations that we have to follow,â Adams said. “But it’s a bit much.”
Kennedy said an association member told him someone had complained.
âI think what’s going on in the world is for granted,â Kennedy said. “The hatred of the police for some horrible action by a guy from Minnesota who comes to tarnish everyone.”
Kennedy said a number of neighbors have weighed in and supported his right to fly the flag. He said he had no intention of removing it.
âI’m not taking it off. It’s something I’ve worked for 25 years and believe in, soâ¦ and it’s definitely not racist, it’s definitely not hate, âKennedy said. “It’s a tribute to the police and firefighters who died.”
WFLA called and emailed the management association that sent the letter, but did not immediately get a response.