Wallingford Man Paints Swastika on Fence Over Dispute with Neighbors

Authorities said a Wallingford man has painted a swastika on his fence because of a dispute with a housing developer.

A white swastika now sits on the back of a New Cheshire Road homeowner’s fence facing the housing development.

According to police, the homeowner got in to a dispute with developers and warned he would do something to sabotage sales. Police said the infamous Nazi symbol is legal in this case, because it’s on the own homeowner's property.

“We have to be careful not to be encroaching on someone's first amendment rights. So they have the right to display on this on their own property and this fence is on their own property,” said Wallingford Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley.

Developers said they are hoping the homeowner takes down the symbol which he has done before. The New Haven Register reports the homeowner, identified as Steven Yost, says he does not plan to take the swastika down and that he is exercising his right to free speech.

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