Michigan Family Refuses To Remove Noose, Confederate Flag Hanging From Tree

Confederate flags and nooses hanging in Livonia have neighbors upset. They first noticed them at a home on Purlingbrook Street, but after complaining, a second noose was placed at a nearby property.

Both properties are owned by the same man, Robert Tomanovich. One is used for his business, Robert's Discount Tree Service.

"Its a tree that is easily climbable," Nicole Behrendt, a neighbor said. "Any kid could climb the tree and hang himself."

Mary Greer lives next door to the homeowner's business, which has the second noose.

"150 years after Abraham Lincoln's death, we are still going through this kind of atrocities. A hangman's noose and a Confederate flag?" Greer questioned.

Another neighbor was so fed up, he circulated a flyer to the neighborhood, urging residents to stand up to the owner and boycott his tree cutting service.

When 7 Action News reporter Jonathan Carlson approached Tomanovich for comment, he quickly went inside. Instead, one of his longtime employees at the tree service talked.

When asked if he thought the nooses were offensive, the employee replied, "No not at all. I love it."

In fact, he admitted he was the one that hung the second noose. The employee said it was hung in retaliation over the complaints.

"Screw 'em," he said of those offended.

When asked if it would come down? "Hell no." He added, "We're gonna put more up."

Tomanovich's wife, Lindy, then came out and explained the meaning behind the noose.

"Robert has a friend that died in that way (hanging himself), and that's in memory of his friend," she said.

She said her husband's family is from the south and they like the look of the flag. She added it is not meant to be racist.

"Well maybe they got too much time on their hands," she said about the complaining neighbors. "There's no crime in hanging a noose."

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