'Blue Lives Matter' flag taken down after neighbor reportedly complains it's 'racist'

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — There’s an empty spot on a St. Johns County home where a "Blue Lives Matter" flag has flown for years.

According to the homeowner, the flag was placed there to show support for family and others in law enforcement.

Jeff Gaddie, the homeowner’s father tells Action News Jax, “She did take it down because she doesn’t want to be perceived as breaking the laws or anything.”

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When we spoke to Gaddie last week, he explained that his daughter's request to display the flag was denied after a neighbor complained that it was racist.

“I mean that’s just what they told her and that’s what they reacted off of,” Gaddie said.

First Coast Association Management, the company that enforces the HOA's rules, denied the allegation in a post on their website.

The online statement outlines the Association’s policy that only allows American and military flags.

“I’m not  totally sure that it’s all the HOA board members involved as much as it is the management company. It may be a lack of communication between the two,” Gaddie said.

We wanted to hear from the company so we went to their office: They didn’t answer the door. There was also no answer when we tried to contact them by phone.

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The homeowner has started this online petition.

Gaddie said this fight is far from over.

“She’s trying to do it the right way where she fights back, appeals it, and tries to get it approved,” Gaddie said.