St. Johns County, FL - A St. Johns' family has found a different way to display a Blue Lives Matter flag after its Homeowners' Association told them it was racist and made them take it down.
The Blue Lives Matter flag flew outside Jeff Gaddie's daughter's home for years. The neighborhood that she lives in is not being identified for fear of backlash.
According to Beth Rousseau with ActionNewsJax, the family now continues to proudly support law enforcement by using a projector to show the flag on the garage door.
Jeff Gaddie said that the American blue line flag was flown to honor him and other family members who work in law enforcement. He said "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."
That changed in late March when his daughter received a letter from the HOA requesting her to remove the flag because it doesn't meet the rules and regulations. He said that his daughter called and asked why the flag had to be removed, and that she was told by the HOA that they had received a complaint that it was considered "racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”
Gaddie said that his daughter told him that the HOA had told her to submit a form requesting permission to fly the flag, which she did, but that her request was denied. So Action News Jax called First Association Coastal Management, the company that enforces the HOA's regulations.
They said that only American and military-themed flags are allowed to be flown in the neighborhood. The news station reported that it drove around the neighborhood and found other flags displayed, that were not the American flag, or military-themed.
Gaddie said that "blue is not a race," and that there are "black officers, Asian officers, every race." He said that it’s the furthest thing from being racist.
But being the law-abiding citizens that they are, the family took down the flag. Gaddie said that using a projector from a vehicle projecting on your garage doesn't seem to be covered under the HOA. So the Blue Lives Matter flag is again being proudly displayed at this Florida home.