Article Courtesy of The
By Chris Enloe
Published July 4, 2020
retired sheriff's deputy is taking a stand after his homeowner's association
ordered that he take down a Blue Lives Matter flag hung outside his house.
Sean Kennedy spent 25
years enforcing the law as a Pasco County sheriff's deputy
and chooses to fly the Blue Lives Matter flag — a gray,
blue, and white flag designed like the American flag —
outside his house to honor fallen law enforcement.
Kennedy lives with his family in a neighborhood in New Port
Richey — a town north of Tampa — where a homeowner's
association says that lawns must be neatly manicured and
cars must be parked in garages.
Apparently, only the American flag is allowed, too.
According to WFLA-TV, Kennedy was
recently sent a letter by his HOA claiming he was in
violation of neighborhood rules and demanded that he remove
the Blue Lives Matter flag within 14 days or face "further
"While we support your
patriotism, the American Flag does need to be the
traditional American Flag," the letter said, in part.
Kennedy, however, said he will not comply with the request.
"I'm not taking it down. It's something I've worked for for
25 years and I believe in, so, and it's definitely not
racist, it's definitely not hatred," Kennedy told WFLA.
"It's just a tribute to law enforcement officers and firemen
The retired police officer said the timing of the violation
notice is no coincidence; he told WFLA that one of his
neighbors informed him that someone in the neighborhood
complained about the flag.
"I think it's self-explanatory what's going on ... the
hatred toward the police," Kennedy said.
Sean Kennedy with his Blue Lives Matter flag