KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — There’s a home on the west facet of Kokomo with a flag hanging off of it. It’s a blue flag with white letters and white stars throughout the highest and backside — and a few of its letters spell a specific four-letter phrase that many discover offensive.
The town of Kokomo has demanded that the house owner take it down, however the man, Brandom Adams, has employed a lawyer to battle the town.
His lawyer, Jay Meisenhelder, says the language on the flag is protected political speech.
“Granted, it’s offensive to some individuals, however the Supreme Court docket has mentioned (that) relating to pure political speech, which this is, you can’t censor somebody simply because the language is offensive,” mentioned Meisenhelder.
The four-letter phrase is seen from throughout the road, and neighbors say that there are a number of youthful youngsters within the space that don’t have to see that type of language on show.
The signal appeared about three weeks in the past as a protest of President Biden’s vaccine mandate.
“In a protest, he hung a flag on the facet of his home that claims ‘F— Biden and f— you for voting for him,’” mentioned Meisenhelder.
The signal has attracted some undesirable consideration to the neighborhood. Neighbors instructed I-Staff 8’s Richard Essex that individuals cease and take photos day and night time.
The town of Kokomo has ordered that the proprietor take away the flag or face a wonderful of as much as $1,000 a day.
The town cites a nuisance ordinance as the rationale for the signal to come back down.
Bob Cameron, a former Kokomo metropolis council member, lives proper throughout the road and has tried to motive along with his neighbor.
“I simply mentioned it’s offensive … I know from being on the council that there was an ordinance that coated obscenities on indicators that we have now right here within the metropolis,” mentioned Cameron.
I-Staff 8 is instructed there have been 5 different such indicators within the Kokomo space, all of which have been eliminated with one exception.