Jacksonville inspector who warned business over military flags suspended

Jacksonville inspector who warned business over military flags suspended

A Jacksonville business won its feud with the City of Jacksonville after city employees cited the shop for flying military flags.

One employee made a video explaining what happened and posted it on Jaguar Power Sports' Facebook page and posted it Monday.

A manager at Jaguar Power Sports said in a now-viral Facebook video that Melinda Power, the city's code compliance officer, issued citations for each of the flags flying outside the business. The rooftop display includes two USA flags, a Jacksonville Jaguars flag and flags representing each branch of the military.

Power is said to have gotten "in his face" and told him, "You did nothing for this country". That customer is a military veteran who thought it was wrong to force store managers to take down the military flags. 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.

Employees of the City of Jacksonville are the servants of taxpayers who have a duty to enforce our laws and regulations. He added that employees of the county are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed. "I'm retired. I'm a veteran.' She gets in his face this close and says, 'You did nothing for this country", said store employee Katie Klasse.

"There's a lot of people on this Earth who aren't walking here anymore because they gave their life for this country", he said.

The customer who got into the confrontation with Power tole News4Jax he is happy that the mayor responded.

"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", he told FOX 30. "It was to bring awareness and hope that someone would not treat someone else that way".

When news of the confrontation and the warning citation reached his office Monday night, Curry said that he has directed city staff to treat military flags the same as the USA flag when on display.

WJXT reports Jacksonville City Hall phones were inundated with callers Tuesday about the flag citation calling for Power's firing.

Because it was a warning, the business was able to rip up the warning and keep its flags flying. On Tuesday, the city of Jacksonville suspended Power.