Penn responded to the backlash and says no laws were broken since he left the items at City Hall for anyone to claim and pick up. He says the city typically removes the flags after Confederate Memorial Day anyway.(Underline added). According to the article:
“I invite anyone to say how I've broken the law by removing the flags,” Penn said.
... Alabama Code 13A-7-23.1 ... states that it's against the law to “willfully and wrongfully or maliciously destroy, remove, cut, break, or injure any tree, shrub, plant, flower, decoration, or other real or personal property within any cemetery or graveyard.”(Underline added).