15 Indicted After Confederate Flag Stunt
Fifteen people associated with the group “Respect the Flag” were indicted by a Georgia Grand Jury after getting into an altercation with Black neighbors during a child’s birthday party on July 25.
After media coverage of the confrontation, the Douglasville Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation into the incident, Fox 5 reports.
Members of the group were driving around the neighborhood displaying confederate flags. They stopped near the home where the party was being thrown, and things went downhill from there.
The members were indicted on charges they violated Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and terroristic threats.
“Georgia’s street gang, terrorism and prevention act is worded very broadly to deal with any type of activity that occurs with a group that’s organized that commits a crime,” Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner explained.
The indictment also charged two members of the group with battery for an incident that occurred that same day at a gas station in the area.
Both sides blamed each other for the incident, but Douglasville Police said they did not have enough evidence either way at the time.
A witness, who was also at the birthday party said several trucks with American, military and confederate flags flying from the back made their way onto her property, and the people inside threatened her.
Both sides claimed the other escalated the incident by showing weapons, but police couldn’t confirm that ever happened.
Attorney Morris Dees with the Southern Poverty Law Center, who represents the family, released a statement to FOX 5:
“These cowards chose unarmed African Americans enjoying a peaceful birthday party to vent their violent racist hatred,” Dees said. “This is reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan – modern-day night-riders terrorizing African Americans in the name of Southern heritage. I applaud the foresight and courage of District Attorney Brian Fortner for nipping this dangerous activity in the bud before innocent citizens are hurt.”
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