HOA Tells Homeowners To Remove “Back The Blue” Flags

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CORINTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Homeowner Rodney Ivester isn’t backing down after his HOA told him to take down his “Back The Blue” flag.

“It’s support for our law enforcement and those officers that have fallen in the line of duty,” said Ivester.

He’s a patriot after all, and has shown his loyalty to police by flying the thin blue flag next to Old Glory ever since the downtown Dallas ambush.

And now, his neighbors are joining the fight started by a letter from the Oakmont Country Club Estates’ property owner’s association.

It read in part:

“No noxious or offensive activity shall be undertaken on the property, and nothing shall be done which is or may become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.”

Ivester was offended by the letter.

“It’s upsetting. I take that as noxious and offensive,” he said.

The letter called Ivester’s “Back The Blue” flag an ‘altered American flag’.

Not so, said Ivester.

“I know a lot of people will look at this flag and there are mixed emotions but there’s nothing more to read into it than simply, I’m supporting our local law enforcement,” said Ivester.

His story hit social media and neighbors quickly backed him for backing the blue.

“It brought joy to my heart that more people are backing the blue especially someone I live next to,” said neighbor Camylle Bowen.

Bowen is the daughter of a police officer who now flies a flag just like Ivester’s.

Two other homes nearby now display the “Back The Blue” flag, too. But despite the mostly supportive words from neighbors, Ivester has received some threats online.

‘Yet he’s still not backing down.

“In America… that’s a great thing with living here is we have liberty to express ourselves,” he said.



One Comment

  1. 1) Fact: it is an ‘altered American flag’ 2) It’s offensive to alter the flag. More disrespectful than Colin Kaepernick not standing to salute the real one.

  2. Randall Brown, Msgt, USAF, ret says:

    I back the blue as well. I am a retired Air Force veteran. But he is defacing the American Flag. The flag code does not allow you to alter the flag for any reason. I would suggest that he and his neighbos put some big blue and black ribbons on the flag pole with the American Flag. That will please the opposition and the POA. Also he would not be defacing my Flag.
    Just saying.

  3. Trey says:

    Those in the neighborhood should find out what procedures are necessary to replace/fire the H.O.A. since they are supposed to represent the neighborhood property owners and vote them out at the next H.O.A. meeting (if possible). IMO, H.O.A.s should be considered illegal. They gather additional monies (“taxes”) on home (“property”) owners with no representation or recourse.

  4. Desert Tortoise says:

    This would not be illegal in California and other states that have civil and/or corporate codes that specifically permit residents/owners of such association to display the US flag and other non-commercial flag or banners as long as they do not exceed a certain size and are affixed to the owners exclusive property (not common areas). This eliminates these sorts of petty disputes that become holy wars between HOA managers, HOA boards and property owners.

  5. They’re defacing my Flag., and should be taken down immediately. Despicable act., should be thrown in jail. Where’s homeland security when you need them?

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