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 says the flag was removed following a threat of legal action from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.
WBRC-TV reports that Gilchrist made the decision to remove the flag a couple of weeks ago.
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.”
The Christian flag is a mostly white flag with a blue square in the upper left-hand corner. It includes a red cross. The flag has flown over the police department as far back as the 1990’s, when the late police chief B. J. Alexander took credit for raising it for the first time.