Tate Reeves: Changing state flag is a "decision best left to the people"

Tate Reeves: Changing state flag is a "decision best left to the people"

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is reacting to the latest calls for Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

"It's a decision best left to the people," Reeves said.

He was in Purvis Friday campaigning at a law enforcement luncheon.

Friday, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds in Columbia.

That state's legislature voted Thursday to take down the flag, just a few weeks after a 21-year-old white man shot and killed nine African-Americans at a church in Charleston.

This week, some NAACP leaders and Mississippi lawmakers issued new calls to change the state's flag.

And the issue may come up in the next legislative session.

Reeves said he would not support any action which would go against the will of the people.

"The people of Mississippi voted in 2001, and voted overwhelmingly, to maintain the status quo and keep the 1894 flag," Reeves said. "And I would be very opposed to the governor making a unilateral decision or the Legislature making a unilateral decision to change the flag."