- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A former Davenport mayor whose posting of a Confederate flag on his Facebook page sparked a social media outcry says he wishes the uproar would go away.

Sixty-four-year-old Phil Yerington posted the flag after Saturday’s clashes between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The flag and Yerington’s online reaction to criticism have been labeled as racist. Elder Dan Teague of the Davenport NAACP told station WQAD that Yerington’s comments were unacceptable, “especially coming from a man that was a police officer here and a former mayor.”

Yerington told The Associated Press Wednesday that he could have responded more softly to the ugly comments and threats but says, “When you attack, I attack back.”

He says he received no complaints of discrimination in his 34 years as a police officer.

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Information from: WQAD, www.wqad.com

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