A group of truck-driving men flying Confederate flags reportedly disrupted and began yelling racial slurs at a group of African-Americans holding a children's birthday party this past Saturday afternoon in Douglasville, Georgia.
The men told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the Black group initiated the encounter that ended with police arriving to keep things from escalating.
The incident was captured on a cell phone video camera. Police are investigating the footage for criminal behavior. One video shows the trucks parked next to each other in a field next to the house of a woman who was throwing the party. Confederate, American and military flags are mounted to each of the trucks. In the second clip, police can be seen holding back the party attendees while the men drove off in the trucks.
“This is a child’s birthday party,” one woman says in the video.
"We'll see y'all again!" another person yells. Around the 1:15 mark in the video, a woman begins yelling frantically and appears to be more and more upset at the situation as the camera rolls. It is not clear from the video what caused her emotions to escalate.
“One had a gun, saying he was gonna kill the [racial slur],” Melissa Alford, the woman throwing the event, told The AJC. “Then one of them said gimme the gun, I’ll shoot them [racial slur].”
The men in the trucks were part of a group called "Protect the Flag." Levi Bush, who leads the group, said that when they drove past Alford's home, individuals attending the party began yelling at the trucks, throwing rocks and later gathered around their vehicles.
“Basically about eight of us had to hold 15 to 20 of them back,” Bush said.
Alford says she has no problem with the group expressing their support for the flag but that the way they carried themselves was not acceptable. "You can’t go around just blatantly terrorizing people,” said Alford.
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