TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - City workers have removed two controversial political signs from the yard of a home on South 19 th Street in Terre Haute, officials confirmed Friday.
The signs, which were first put up this spring, showed images of President Barack Obama crucified on a cross and lying in a coffin, each with statements denouncing the president's policies.
City attorney Chou-il Lee said the signs were removed because they violate city codes that forbid signs larger than two square feet in residential areas. He also said the city had first tried to notify the homeowner of the violation in early July.
Although some in the community had spoken out against the sign, Lee said it was the display's size, not its content, that caused it to be taken down.
"The content didn't have anything to do with the decision to remove the sign," Lee said. "It was that they were in violation of the sign ordinance … Personally, I didn't like the content. I found it distasteful. However, that can't come into analysis when you're talking about this, because you have freedom of speech protections."
News 10 tried to reach the homeowner for comment, both by phone and in person, but we were unable to reach him.
Lee also said that enforcement of city codes for matters like these often depends on reports from neighbors and others.
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