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Bloomington Man Facing Eviction Over Black Lives Matter Flag

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Black Lives Matter marchers in Champaign on June 6, 2020.

BLOOMINGTON — A central Illinois man said he’s facing eviction for hanging a Black Lives Matter flag on his apartment balcony.

Donavon Burton of Bloomington says he began displaying the flag last month to protest the deaths of Blacks in police custody.

On June 29, the 22-year-old Burton received a notice of eviction from First Site Apartments for not removing the flag. The notice kicks off a legal process that can last weeks.

First Site says it supports freedom of speech. But it says it must enforce a policy that bars banners and flags on balconies, regardless of the content.

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