David Chohany drives around his Pennsylvania town flying a Confederate flag on his red pickup truck and a video of that flag being liberated from his vehicle is being circulated on social media.
“I don’t fly it because I hate people,” Chohany said. “I fly it because I have the right to fly it, and I’m going to fly it to this day, and nobody could tell me to take it down.”
Witnesses to the incident say otherwise.
Cellphone videos show a fight that erupted in Columbia on Monday that drew a large crowd and a large police response.
Lancaster Online reports:
On one video, a woman yells, “They got knives! They got knives!” as young men get out of a pickup truck parked at a street corner and carrying large Confederate and American flags in its bed. Others swirl around it.
In another, a young Hispanic man runs across the intersection, raising the Confederate flag over his head and bashing it into the street, over and over.
In still another, police lead a white man – the truck driver, wearing a white T-shirt, a red ball cap and handcuffs – across the intersection as the crowd jeers and claps.
Columbia Police Chief Jack Brommer said Tuesday that two people would be charged but they did not release their names.
Watch courtesy of Fox 43:
According to at least six witnesses, the incident began after the truck driver yelled racial slurs from the truck, and that’s when things escalated.
They said that Chohany is well-known in Columbia for driving around town, making racial slurs and taunting people.
A white mailman in town, James Hilliard, said the man has yelled derogatory comments out of his window at him.
The father of two of the teens, a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy, said the man made comments to them.
When the driver of the truck opened the door, it hit the daughter.
His son became upset, as did the other teens.
The father and other witnesses said the driver took out a large knife and brandished it.
On one video, a woman is heard warning the teens about knives and a hatchet.
No one in the crowd had a weapon, according to police.
The 16-year-old expects to be charged for taking the flag. His mother’s said, “I know what my son did was wrong. He should have never taken that flag. I’m not mad at him, either, though. They see a crowd of blacks and Hispanics, and keep yelling racial slurs.”
B…bu..but he was just expressing his ‘heritage’ with a knife and possibly a hatchet.
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