Jacksonville inspector on leave after military flag controversy

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"1. I Have directed city staff that military flags should be treated same as USA flag". What I saw reported is 100 percent inconsistent with how I expect every city employee to interact with our citizens.

The incredulous employee asked people to share what happened. I have ordered a review of the actions of the employee and pending the completion of that review, the employee and her supervisor have been placed on leave.

The manager for the store claims Power was also rude to one of its customers, a veteran, telling him "you did nothing for our country". Let them fly. I Have reached out to the business owner & will review employee procedures.

Power went into the store Monday and issued a written warning citation because she said military flags flying on the roof were in violation of city code.

"She turned around at the door and said to me, in a very loud voice that what I did for this country did not matter", said the veteran who told the station that he wanted to remain anonymous. "I'm retired. I'm a veteran". On behalf of the City of Jacksonville I apologize to veterans and service members who are rightly troubled by the events that have been reported. We are also reviewing the current ordinances regarding flags and signs to ensure accurate information was shared.

One employee made a video explaining what happened and posted it on Jaguar Power Sports' Facebook page and posted it Monday. "My team is working with the city's Office of General Counsel to bring clarity to the relevant city laws".

Regulatory and Compliance Department Chief of Staff Brian Hughes told the Jacksonville Times Union said that Jaguar Power Sports had been issued a warning and had not been fined.

"Tempers on all side's flaired (sic) I should never have been unprofessional and disrespectful period", the post said.

Power also said in the post that her father, husband and son-in-law have all served in the military and that she has "the utmost respect for the military".

City officials are now investigating the allegations against inspector Melinda Power, and they say they will be reviewing that video.

A manager of Jaguar Power Sports told News4Jax on Tuesday she also doesn't want to see Power fired.

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