Protesters Clash Over Confederate Flag At Arizona Walmart

Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

PHOENIX (AP) — Things got noisy outside a west Phoenix Walmart after the company’s decision to remove Confederate flag merchandise attracted scores of protesters and counter-protesters.

The Arizona Republic reports that Jon Ritzheimer organized the Sunday afternoon protest of Walmart’s decision. Ritzheimer is a former Marine who staged a contentious rally outside a Phoenix mosque in May.

His group of self-proclaimed “patriots,” some of them armed, waved the rebel flag alongside the American one while chanting “U-S-A.”

Counter-protesters clashed with Ritzheimer’s group. They called the flag racist and lauded Walmart’s decision to remove it from shelves.

An unofficial police count estimates that the event drew about 100 people. Phoenix police spokesman Lt. Randy Force says 11 officers were at the event after Walmart management called police.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. This does not reflect well on our public-school system.

  2. Avatar for deuce deuce says:

    This Ritzheimer fellow seems to truly believe that he has a career as a professional agitator.

  3. “Protesters Clash Over Confederate Flag At Arizona Walmart.”

    Wow, that is COMEDY GOLD on so many levels!

  4. I thought he went into hiding because he feared for his life?

Continue the discussion at

71 more replies


Avatar for fgs Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for deuce Avatar for liberaljesus Avatar for fargo116 Avatar for cessnadriver Avatar for chammy Avatar for mirola Avatar for sandyh Avatar for pdxer Avatar for dudeman Avatar for sherlock1 Avatar for cheyenneroll Avatar for lastroth Avatar for ottnott Avatar for starquest Avatar for 538liberal Avatar for captaincommonsense Avatar for exspectator Avatar for dickweed Avatar for khaaannn Avatar for darrtown Avatar for antisachetdethe Avatar for dwolf

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: