WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – A Nazi flag outside of a West Mifflin home has been taken down after neighbors complained.READ MORE: Butler VA Marks National POW/MIA Recognition Day
A family on Bluff Street said they felt targeted because the Nazi flag was strategically hung to face their home.
“I want him to know how I feel. That is wrong,” said neighbor Michele McClain.
On Wednesday, the man who put up the flag didn’t want to go on camera or be identified. However, he did talk to KDKA’s Amy Wadas through his fence. He said he hung the flag on one side of his porch on Tuesday so it could be in the direct sunlight to get the wrinkles out and that he was going to move it to the front of his porch later, which he did after KDKA left.
However, he has since taken the flag down and allegedly called West Mifflin Borough to apologize for any upset the flag may have caused.
Corey Hawkins is dating the woman who lives in the home next door. He is not sure if he’s being targeted because of his race or some other circumstance.READ MORE: 3 Men Shot, Pronounced Dead In Ohio
“It got nice out. I started coming over to cut her grass. He seen my car and pulled the flag out. Thought I was living here or something,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said he didn’t file a complaint about the flag, but West Mifflin Mayor Chris Kelly says others did.
“There were complaints from some of the citizens that they felt it was an offensive flag,” Kelly said. “I explained to them it was within his constitutional right to freedom of expression or however he wants to do it. We don’t litigate wisdom or stupidity, anger or hatred. That’s individual beliefs.”
Neighbors say they’re not offended by the rebel flag flying in front of the home, saying it’s been there for years, but they had to draw the line with the swastika flag because it sends an altogether different message.
“There’s no place in our town for this,” Kelly said. “It’s a symbol of hatred. We don’t tolerate it.”MORE NEWS: Motorcycle Driver Injured In Crash With Car In Larimer
Hawkins said the neighbor also has cameras facing toward his girlfriend’s house. However, the man told KDKA-TV he put them up after his fence was vandalized.