South Carolina woman charged after tearing Confederate flag off truck — then driving into its owner
According to The Root, a Charleston, South Carolina woman has been arrested and faces charges of vandalism and fleeing the scene of an accident for tearing a Confederate flag license plate off a car before backing her car into the plate’s owner.
Ann Lee Walters, a 43-year-old South Carolinian, “ripped the tag” from the front of a pickup truck. When the truck’s owner tried to take down her license plate number, she backed her car into the driver, causing a minor knee injury. According to the man injured, Walters struck him by accident.
As Mic noted, Walters is far from the first person in South Carolina to face charges for removing the Confederate “rebel flag” that many believe symbolizes the South’s commitment to slavery during the Civil War.
In 2015, a North Carolina woman named Bree Newsome made headline for scaling a flagpole at the South Carolina state house in the capitol of Columbia and removing the Confederate flag. She was charged with “defacing monuments on capitol grounds,” but publicly outcry and donations led to her release.