Warrensburg – People viewing a flag got the wrong idea, Police Chief Rich Lockhart told the City Council on Monday.
Seeing a flag flying, with one red and one black stripe, led to a police call.
“We’re painting the town red right now and the chamber has some red-and-black flags that people can buy and hang up, and so we got a call this morning that there was an Antifa, anti-fascist, flag hanging up on Russell Avenue,” Lockhart said. “I didn’t know there was such a thing.”
The Chamber of Commerce sells the flags, which people fly for Get the Red Out, a pre-game festival set for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday on South Holden Street in the hours before the first University of Central Missouri football game of the season at 7 p.m.
The Anti-fascist Action flag consists of a large red strip over a smaller black stripe. The Antifa flag reflects the views of people on the left who oppose extremists on the right who fly Nazi or other flags that show support for white supremacists.
The department treated the call seriously, Lockhart said. Public property cannot be used to endorse political positions and private property cannot be used for such purposes without the owner’s consent. An officer, not sure who owned the location where the flag flew, removed the flag temporarily, learned a business posted the flag to support UCM and the flag again flies.
Lockhart said people in town should be aware of the difference in the flags.
“We’re going to put that on our Facebook page,” he said.