DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — The group of white men who waved giant Confederate battle flags from their pickup trucks while hurling racial insults and threatening blacks, who were celebrating a kid’s birthday party at their own home, were indicted on a little known anti-gang ordinance.
The white Republican District Attorney Brian Fortner won an indictment from a grand jury and made the announcement at a Monday press conference.
The group, which called themselves, “Respect the Flag,” drove by the home of a group of black partygoers and threatened them at an outdoor party on July 25. A cellphone video of part of the episode shows several white men driving away from the party in a convoy of pickup trucks with the Confederate battle flag and American flags from the truck beds.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is representing some of the black partygoers, contend that the white men in the caravan group yelled racial slurs and displayed a crow bar, a knife and rifle in the suburb located about 15 minutes west of Atlanta.
The cell phone video of the confrontation, obtained and published by The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, appears to include audio of one of the members saying, “I’m going to kill y’all n****rs.
The issue of Confederate flag displays have been a thorny issue since white psychopath Dylann Roof massacred nine black church worshipers at the Emmanuel AME Church in Columbia, S.C. a few months ago.
The 15 perpetrators were indicted on one count each of making terroristic threats, and a second count each of unlawfully participating in “criminal gang activity.”
Fortner said the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, is “worded very broadly to deal with any type of activity that occurs with a group that’s organized that commits a crime,” the New York Times reported.