Video: Violent fight erupts over Confederate flag decal, could be considered hate crime

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- A violent fight prompted by a Confederate flag decal was caught on video outside a Salt Lake City hotel Sunday, and it could be investigated as a hate crime.

KSTU reports that fight began with an argument about the decal, which was on a truck parked at a local hotel.

The truck belonged to a friend of Kelly Leeper, who was in town for a Garth Brooks concert.

Leeper said when he looked out of his hotel room window Sunday, he saw a group of black men near his friend's truck. He added that there was $50,000 worth of welding equipment in the back of the truck.

"The point is it's my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want. If I want to fly the Confederate Flag, it's my right,” Leeper said.

Leeper and his friend, who are both white, went to the parking lot to confront the group of about six men.

Leeper's friend was knocked out with one punch. Leeper was also taken down. Leeper said racial slurs were said by both sides during the fight. No one was seriously injured.

The group of men got away, but witnesses were able to write down some of the license plate numbers. The suspects have not been caught.

"It could potentially be a hate crime.  We'll then present all that to the district attorney who will make that final determination,” said Salt Lake City Police Department Sgt. Robin Heiden.

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