TX apartment manager calls tenant’s American flag a ‘threat to Muslim community’

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:16am

A Texas man is fighting to keep his American flag hanging from his balcony.

Duy Tran, resident of The Lodge on El Dorado, says his apartment manager told him the flag was a threat to the Muslim community and he has to take it down.

But that complex issued a statement say it's just following protocol.

Stepping onto Duy Tran's balcony in Webster, TX one thing is clear, "It means a lot to me," he said.

He's talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago.

But then an apartment manager here at the lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.

"What really stunned me is that she said it's a threat towards the Muslim community. I'm not a threat toward anybody," Tran explained.

We tried to ask a manager if that's exactly what was said, but she just handed us a statement:

(Reporter): "OK can I just ask you a couple questions?"

(Apartment Manager): "That's it ma'am, I'm sorry."

The manager called an officer to escort us off the property, before we could press any further.

The statement reads:
"While the lodge on El Dorado admires our resident's patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country's flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community."

But we saw other patriotic symbols hanging from other balconies in the complex, and Tran doesn't plan to budge.

"I'm gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don't have the right to leave my flag there," Tran told CNN affiliate KHOU-TV.

To Tran it's about so much more than stars and stripes.

"I have friends that died for this country."

So he says this fight is the least he can do.

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