Update: Names Released of 2 People Arrested for Removing Confederate Flag from SC Statehouse

2 people arrested for taking down the Confederate flag at SC statehouse

Updated at 10:20 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015

News Channel 6 has learned the names of two people arrested for taking down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina statehouse.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says an officer arrested 30 year-old Brittany Ann Byuarim Newsome and 30-year-old James Ian Tyson.

Newsome is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Tyson is from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Investigators say a BPS officer was on routine patrol and had just made rounds when he was notified by other officers monitoring the flag that Newsome was climbing the flag pole where the Confederate Flag flies on the North side of the Statehouse. He returned to the flag pole and asked Newsome, who was wearing climbing gear, to get off the flag pole. They say she refused to come down until she unhooked the flag. The BPS officer arrested Newsome and Tyson who police say was inside the wrought iron fence helping her.

Both have been charged with defacing a monument.

Defacing a monument carries penalties of up to three years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

The flag was replaced with a new flag within about an hour.

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) – The Confederate flag has been temporarily removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse.

Woman removes flag from SC StatehouseAn unidentified woman was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.

The woman and another man who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested.

The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. A rally by flag supporters was scheduled for later Saturday.

Defacing a monument carries penalties of up to three years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

Calls for removing the flag have been renewed since nine black churchgoers were killed in what police characterized as a racist attack at a Charleston, South Carolina church last week.

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