SOUTH SAINT LOUIS BLUES: Cherokee Street shop vandalized for flag supporting police, owner says.

Cherri Elder, the owner of Elder’s Antiques at 2124 Cherokee Street, said an American flag with a blue stripe on it supporting police officers has caused her, her employees and her neighbors anguish for a while now.

Elder said someone broke one of her business’ windows, leaving a message inside that read, “you’ve been warned.” It also had communist symbols on it.

The incident happened late Monday or early Tuesday, less than two weeks after someone posted a sign on her business saying “pig supporters not welcomed,” apparently referencing police.

“We’re so deep in it now, we can’t get out,” she said. “I can’t take it down.”

Elder said the flag went up as a sign of support for a handful of police officers who frequently patrol that part of Cherokee Street.

That’s the kind of gesture which ought to earn Elder her neighbors’ appreciation.