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Veterans Sue City Officials in Westchester Over Flag Ban

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A veterans group is suing the officials who banned a "Don't Tread on Me" flag from a city-owned armory in New York’s Westchester County.

The New Rochelle City Council acted on complaints that the so-called Gadsden flag had become a symbol of the tea party and made a political statement. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the veterans who put up the flag say the city order was unreasonable and arbitrary. They say it violated the First and Fourteenth amendments. City officials did not immediately return phone calls Friday. The city manager said in April it is up to New Rochelle to determine what flags fly on city-owned property. The lawsuit names the mayor, city manager, and four City Council members. It requests an injunction and damages.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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