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Ohio Police Chief Defends His Confederate Flag Vest, Says It's Not Racist Symbol (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Pictures of Police Chief Robert Hickman from Port Clinton, Ohio, wearing a Confederate flag (video below) vest recently surfaced.

Most people in Port Clinton that spoke to WKYC didn't care or claimed the chief is not a racist.

The pictures were reportedly posted on Robert's Facebook page, and show him wearing the vest during a July vacation with his wife Roseann in Sturgis, South Dakota.

"I do not look at the Confederate flag as a racist symbol," Robert stated.

"There are likely very few Americans who don't understand that symbol," Jim Jackson, president of the Sandusky, Ohio, chapter of the NAACP, told the Sandusky Register. "You can't be ignorant because every individual in America understands what that flag means."

Jackson added, "With all of the things that have transpired in the news recently you have to know what that flag represents."

Ken Burns, who produced the PBS series "The Civil War," told MSNBC in July that the Confederate flag clearly represented slavery in the Civil War, and added: "Those (Confederate) flags came in after Brown v. Board of Education (1954). This is not about heritage. This is about resistance to civil rights," noted Vox.com.

Another Facebook picture reportedly showed Roseann, a city council candidate, giving the middle finger, which is a supposed tradition with the Sturgis Skeleton, a character at Sturgis motorcycle rallies.

"I will not discuss my personal Facebook page, which has a privacy setting for my friends only," Roseann told the Sandusky Register via email.

Sources: WKYC, Sandusky RegisterVox.com / Photo credit: WKYC Screenshot