By Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

GLENCOE, Ala. (AP) - City officials in Glencoe say they’ve removed a banner described as a Christian flag from its long-time place in front of the city’s police department.

Glencoe Mayor Charles Gilchrist said Friday that the flag was removed recently following a threat of legal action from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

WBRC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1HFIvvN) that the mostly white flag with a blue square and red cross in the upper left corner had flown over the police department since the 1990s.

Gilchrist says the decision was made to remove the flag after the city council discussed legal issues surrounding its display. The mayor said city leaders were told that another town had to pay more than $500,000 in a lawsuit over a similar matter, which would “just about ruin us.”

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Information from: WBRC-TV, https://www.myfoxal.com/

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