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South Carolina Department of Public Safety


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2015 ** FIRST UPDATE **
Contact: Sherri Iacobelli, 331-7819 or Lt. R.K. Hughes, 803-530-1664

SCDPS MAKES TWO ARRESTS AT STATEHOUSE AFTER WOMAN CLIMBS FLAG POLE, REMOVES FLAG

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety Bureau of Protective Services has arrested two people at the Statehouse around 6:15 a.m. Saturday.
 
A BPS officer was on routine patrol and had just made rounds when he was notified by other officers monitoring the flag that a woman 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 the woman, who was wearing climbing gear, to get off the flag pole. She refused to come down until she unhooked the flag. The BPS officer arrested her and another man who was inside the wrought iron fence assisting her.
 
Names of those arrested:
Brittany Ann Byuarim Newsome, African-American female, Raleigh, NC, 30 years old
James Ian Tyson, white male, Charlotte, N.C., 30 years old
 
They have been charged with defacing a monument, Section 10-11-315.
 
SECTION 10 11 315. Defacing monuments on capitol grounds; penalty.
It is unlawful for a person to willfully and maliciously deface, vandalize, damage, or destroy or attempt to deface, vandalize, damage, or destroy any monument, flag, flag support, memorial, fence, or structure located on the capitol grounds and a person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 11 360.
 
HISTORY: 2000 Act No. 292, Section 8.
 
10-11-360. A person who violates the provisions of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
 
Both subjects were arrested without incident and taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.
 
The flag was replaced with a new flag within about an hour and no further damage was done.
 

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