ACLU issues letter defending woman's right to 'middle finger light display'
POSTED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 7:35pm
Denham Springs, La (NBC33) — Sarah Henderson was told by police to remove Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger, and fined after complaints from neighbors. However, the American Civil Liberties Union says she had every right to put them up.
Henderson says her reasoning for the lights were to send a message to her neighbors, who she is having issues with, but the ACLU says the reason doesn't matter.
In a letter to Denham Springs Police Department, they said: “Rather than pressuring Ms. Henderson to remove a display that is protected under the U.S. Constitution and Louisiana law, the Denham Springs Police Department should have defended her right of free expression.”
As for Henderson, she's pretty pleased with the show of support.
"The truth has prevailed like I knew it would,” stated Henderson. “If it hadn't, I don't think there would have been such a serendipitous conclusion of the waking nightmare that has been my life for the past year, living in this den of wolves."
Henderson says she doesn't think she will put the display up again because her message was "sent and received."