Staten Island, NY – A New York man says he woke up Friday morning and discovered his Thin Blue Line flag had been vandalized overnight.
Fred DeLise told silive.com that the flag had been removed from its holder in a tree and thrown to the ground.
"It makes me livid because I'm very American," DeLise said, according to SILive.com
DeLise flew the thin blue line flag to show support for police.
The Bay Terrace resident is very supportive of the NYPD.
“They do a hell of a job,” he said.
DeLise said that his home has a four-foot fence surrounding the front yard. The damaged flag, he told silive.com, was set back in a tree about 12 feet from the start of a fence.
“They violated me by coming onto my property,” DeLise said.
He filed a police report for criminal mischief following the incident. DeLise said he’s never had any issues living in the neighborhood where he has lived since 1963.
He didn’t think he was specifically targeted.
“It was an act against the flag,” he told silive.com. And that may not have been the only act of vandalism against police on his property.
DeLise said that he had a blue ribbon outside of his home that he put up to support the NYPD. He said the ribbon was ripped down at some point on Thursday. DeLise wasn’t sure if the two incidents were related.
He said after he found the flag, he picked it up and put it against a fence until he could repair it.
"I'm not going to leave an American flag on the ground," he told silive.com "I plan to straighten it out and put it out tonight."
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No suspects have been identified in the vandalism of DeLise's flag.