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On Monday, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced that he will join the growing movement among South Carolina lawmakers calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capital. Governor Nikki Haley will be at the Statehouse grounds this afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. news conference in Colombia. According to reports, Haley will also call for the removal of the Confederate flag.
This move comes just a few days after Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old white male, shot and killed nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The historically black church was filled with a small group of bible study attendees when Roof entered and opened fire, leading to the deaths of three males and six females. One of the victims was pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney.
Roof has been charged with murdering nine people. The FBI may open a hate crime investigation into the incident.
The gruesome shooting comes just as the state legislature is considering lowering the Confederate flag from the state capitol. A bipartisan group of local Charleston lawmakers are calling for the removal of the flag in the wake of the horrific Charleston shooting to prevent more unnecessary violence.
By Alex Lemieux
The Post and Courier: Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott calling for Confederate flag’s removal today
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