Residents, police concerned about Confederate Flag event

Published: Sep. 28, 2013 at 2:48 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2013 at 2:55 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A massive Confederate flag will fly high above I-95 in Chester starting Saturday morning. Residents who live in the area say, they are worried what will happen when pro and anti-flaggers meet face to face.

Chesterfield police asked NBC12 not to share the exact location of the flag pole because the event is on private property.

Police will not comment on whether they plan to step up patrols in the area but do say they are prepared if something were to happen. Right now, their biggest concern is traffic and trespassing.

Frankie Nichols' daughter lives in an adjacent trailer park, less than a football field away from the flag pole.

"I'm worried about my daughter and granddaughter," Nichols said. "You hear about drive-by shootings. You never know what people will do when they get excited."

James D. Eaton owns the property the flagpole sits on. He says, he has been working with police to make sure things go smoothly. He also has a message for those who don't want the Confederate flag in such a visible place.

"It's not a black and white thing," said Eaton. "It's strictly for sentimental reasons - remembering the confederate heritage and our relatives that fought in it."

Not everyone buys into that argument.

Brian Cannon with United RVA says the group raise the American flag near City Hall Saturday, in response to the Virginia Flaggers' event.

"There's only one flag that unites and represents all of us in RVA and that's the American flag," said Cannon.

The Confederate flag will be raised at 10:00 a.m.

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