A Man Tackled The Confederate Flag During A Protest On Live TV
Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party were protesting a speech by the activist who famously took down the Confederate flag from the state capitol — and it was captured on live TV.
A sprinting man jumped and tackled a Confederate flag being waved at a protest in South Carolina on Wednesday — and it was captured by live TV.
Protesters had gathered outside a lecture at the College of Charleston by activist Bree Newsome.
Newsome famously climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina State House in 2015 and took down the Confederate battle flag in protest of white supremacy.
Her actions were prompted by the murders of nine people at Emanuel AME Church. Their deaths were classified as a hate crime, for which gunman Dylann Roof — who posed with the Confederate flag — was sentenced to death.
"Refusing to accept the premise of this image – that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible – [Newsome] scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the SC statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, 'This flag comes down today!'" an event description on the college website read.
Outside, members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party protested. The group proudly hails itself as the leading support group of the Confederate flag.
He was then arrested by Charleston police on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
Police identified him as Muhiyidin Moye, a Black Lives Matter leader in Charleston.
The group Showing Up For Racial Justice Charleston put up $2,000 for his bail, the Post and Courier reported.