Thursday, October 15, 2015

Georgia county files charges against confederate flag supporters

Douglas County, Georgia is prosecuting a pro-Confederate flag group, accusing them of causing terror at a local gathering.

“The individuals charged will be arraigned, will have the charges presented to them, then the process of giving them their due process and their day in court.

“We do want to say that we respect the rights of all citizens to exercise their First Amendment right, but we’re going to require them when they’re doing that to respect the right of all of the citizens to feel safe,” District Attorney Brian Fortner said.

The people indicted in Douglas County on charges of violating the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and of making terroristic threats are Robert Andrew Hansard, John Anthony Allen, Lacey Paul Henderson, Joe Eric Hood, Levi Devin Bush, Ashley Elizabeth Butler, Alexis Odell Fennell, Lacey Paul Henderson, Jose Ismael Torres, Amanda Sue Dyson, Jeffery Chad Wigley, Gregory Adam Upchurch. Scott Chapman, Thomas Charles Summers and Judy King Summers.

According to the indictment, the group threatened “to commit a crime of violence to persons attending a party” with the “purpose of terrorizing those individuals and in reckless disregard for the risk of causing such terror.”

“Officers on scene were given conflicting statements as to what led up to the confrontation,” the Douglasville Police Department said in a statement. “We do not have any evidence of any shots fired nor were there any reports of a physical altercation taking place.”

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