Confederate flags now banned at Camp Tonkawa Springs after 4th of July brawl

Published: Jul. 7, 2015 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of a brawl that allegedly broke out on July 4 at Camp Tonkawa Springs over a Confederate battle flag, the manager of the park has said from now on any flag that might be offensive to park patrons will be banned.

"I know that's the main topic of conversation with the Confederate flag,"said Jason Bridges, Nacogdoches County Sheriff.

"Any flag that might be offensive to our customers will be banned," said James Vest, the manager of Camp Tonkawa Springs. "We will consider each case separately, but from now on, the Confederate flag is banned."

"There were several people who had flags out there today. I don't think the flag caused this," Bridges said.

According to a report by the Sheriff's Office, bystanders at the recreation area said an apparently intoxicated while male was waving a Confederate flag and yelling racial slurs that led to a fight Sunday afternoon.

Two Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the incident. After the crowd dispersed, the victim fled the scene.

"They still had a very hostile crowd, so they had to deal with that," Bridges said.

No arrests were made, but authorities are looking for the man assaulted.

"It was how the subject was acting and his actions and that's what we need to look at," Bridges said.

A video of the incident was posted to Twitter on July 4th, shortly after 4:30 p.m. The video has already been re-tweeted nearly 4,000 times since it was posted.  It has gone viral reaching over 3 million views.  It has also been featured on popular video blogs, "WorldStarHipHop" and "Mediatakeout." The video has since been made private.

To watch a second video of the brawl that was captured by a bystander at the incident, click this link.

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