N.Y. veterans sue after ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag banned from flying

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Veterans in New York have just filed suit against the New Rochelle City Council for that body’s ban on flying a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag at a city-owned armory.

The council members say they banned the flag from flying because it was a blunt political statement, and somebody complained, The Associated Press reported. But the veterans group said the ban on the Gadsden flag was not only unreasonable, and arbitrary. But they also said it was a violation of their constitutional rights, AP reported.

And fueling that claim: The city manager had issued a policy in April that left it up to New Rochelle officials to decide which flags could fly on city-owned property, and which couldn’t.

City officials contacted on Friday did not immediately comment about the suit, or the case, AP reported.

The lawsuit targets the mayor, the city manager and four council members, and seeks an injunction as well as unspecified damages.

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