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TV5 reporter attacked while covering story about controversial flags

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GENESEE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) - An angry man, who didn't identify himself, yelled at TV5's Nick Lulli after TV5 showed up at a Genesee County house that witnesses reported flying a confederate and Nazi flag.

The flags were gone when TV5 got there, but emotions ran high.

"Nobody here is racist. I'm on the phone with my lawyer," one of the woman responded.

After the women told TV5 they weren't racist and they couldn't film the property, they placed a phone call and moments later an emotionally charged man sped up, almost hitting Lulli with his truck.

The situation escalated from there.

As Lulli went to drive away, the man began hurling rocks at the news car, leaving dings and a crack in the windshield. The man also tried to physically get into the news vehicle and Lulli called police.

"I don't know what he's doing, he seems out of his mind," Lulli said to dispatchers.

TV5 showed up near the house because the flags were sparking debate statewide about the balance between free speech and curbing what some may find offensive.

The owner of the nearby bait shop down the street doesn't like the message the flags were sending.

"I don't think it's necessary," David Whitt said. "I don't get the point of it. Yeah, it's a problem. It's offensive to people. I don't think there is any place for it."

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