Here with go again…
A veteran Massachusetts police officer has found himself at the center of controversy over an item hung inside of the garage of his personal residence.
The controversy which is once again sparking conversation on freedom of speech began after a neighboring family walked passed officer Dan McCarthys home and a 10 year old boy noticed a Confederate flag hanging in an open garage. Outraged over the flag the family ignorantly interpreted as racist, the family took a photo and posted the image on social media.
As the childs mother Lindel Hart explained to local media outlets, This is a symbol of racism…Its perfectly legal, and I understand freedom of speech, but with that right comes responsibility. If it was just any neighbor, wed still be upset, but not like this…Hes a police officer. That holds more weight. Hart added that the flag undermines the lessons they are attempting to teach their adopted son about how the town of Greenfield is a safe place.
Give me a freaking break…
The Harts say theyre now forced to teach their son that his neighbor is not a racist, redneck cop after they say the boy expressed fear over what he saw.
The situation has drawn quite a bit of attention in their community, and even prompted a visit from Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin, who came to the Harts home to reassure the 10-year-old.
While both Martin and Police Chief Robert Haigh say they will have a conversation about code of conduct with McCarthy who also serves on the towns Human Rights Commission…