Residents in Denham Springs were offended by a display that showed a hand with an extended middle finger.
Homeowner Sarah Henderson intentionally fashioned the lights on her roof to look like a human hand “flipping the bird.” Neighbors called police to complain, and Denham Springs Police Corporal Shawn Perkins paid her a visit.
Corporal Perkins said the woman told him she put the display as a direct message to her neighbors.
“It was a message to an ongoing dispute she was having with other homeowners on that same street,” Perkins told WWL First News.
Perkins says he informed Henderson that the display was in violation of obscenity laws and that it must come down, or else.
“She agreed that it wasn’t worth the possible hassle of fines and legal action,” Perkins said.
However, the ACLU of Louisiana soon waded into the fray.
“The First Amendment expressly, explicitly, makes clear that even things like the raised middle finger are protected speech,” says Executive Director Marjorie Esman.