Despite Complaints, Man Hangs Nooses And Confederate Flags On His Property

Robert Tomanovich recently decided to hang Confederate flags and nooses at his two properties--his home in Livonia, Michigan and at his business, Robert's Discount Tree Service. Several local Michigan residents have become outraged and upset.

After offended neighbors complained about his first noose, he hung a second noose near his store. Nicole Behrendt, a neighbor, told WXYZ “Its a tree that is easily climbable. Any kid could climb the tree and hang himself.”

Another neighbor, Mary Greer, said, “A hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln’s death, we are still going through this kind of atrocities. A hangman’s noose and a Confederate flag?”

A different neighbor suggested residents boycott Tomanovich's tree cutting service. When one of Tomanovich's long time employees was asked if he thought the displays were offensive he said “No, not at all. I love it.” He also said, "Screw 'em" when asked about those offended by the display.

In addition, he said he planned to put more nooses up. Tomanovich's wife Lindy talked about the nooses saying “Robert has a friend that died in that way (hanging himself), and that’s in memory of his friend."

Lindy also said the Confederate flag wasn't meant to be racist but that her husband's family was from the South, and they like the way the flag looks. Of the complaints about the flag, Lindy said, “Well maybe they got too much time on their hands. There’s no crime in hanging a noose.” Police say that there do not appear to be any particular targets of the display, so they cannot classify it as a hate crime.

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