The father of a slain police officer was ordered by his homeowner's association to take down the "Thin Blue Line" flag he flies in honor of his son on Monday.

Thomas DiSario lost his son, the police chief in Kirkersville, Ohio, five years ago and has flown the flag outside his Etna home since, according to a report.

"It's been flying since the 12th of May 2017," DiSario said, referencing the date of his son's death.


The first flag was presented to DiSario by police colleagues of Steven DiSario, his son who was killed in a shooting, the report noted.

"The only time it comes down [is] if it's worn out and I buy a new one and put it back up."

Prior to receiving the letter from his HOA instructing him to remove the flag, he had called the local sheriff following an incident in which a man not affiliated with the HOA attempted to remove the flag.

The incident occurred on Saturday when DiSario, a disabled veteran, found a person trying to take down both the "Thin Blue Line" flag and the American flag he flies.

"I had a gentleman come in my yard, lower the flags, and [he] wiped his face on them," DiSario said.

"I, in turn, asked him to leave. He would not, and I put him out of my yard. He came back ... on my rock, then he proceeded to get up and take the flags down again, and I stopped him and put him out of my yard."

Following the defilement of the flags, DiSario said he received a letter from the Omni Community Association Managers demanding he remove the "Thin Blue Line" flag because it was political sign.

"The political sign in the form of a flag must be removed from your property," the letter, dated Friday, read. "The flag on your pole is not a United States Flag. It is a political statement. Please remove the flag from your property."

These recent events are not the first time he has been harassed for honoring his son's memory with he flag, according to DiSario.

"I spent 23 years in the military, and there's no way shape or form that flag is being flown disrespectful at all," he said. "It has a 4×6 American flag above it, and the police flag is a 3×5 below it. It is no bigger than the top flag."

"It represents my son and nothing else. So, I don't know why everybody is now harassing me that I have to take it down."

David Dye, president of the Omni Community Association Managers, confirmed that DiSario agreed to restrictions on his home.

"They bought into the community with rules," Dye said. "He agreed by buying in this community that he can’t display what he wants to display ... Sometimes signs masquerade as flags or as light displays, as examples. The board has adopted this and, as a sign, we don't get to judge what it says."

"We have had to ask people to remove a sign advertising a nativity display, as an example. It doesn't matter whether we agree. If it's a sign, you are not allowed to post it, according to the deed restrictions."

The HOA received a complaint, which led to its sending of a notice to DiSario.


DiSario has yet to remove the flag honoring his son, according to the report.