Ga. 'Respect the Flag' group indicted as street gang

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A group active in supporting the display of the Confederate Battle flag has been indicted as a street gang.

The group known as "Respect the Flag" was indicted by a Douglas County grand jury.

According to Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner, the indictment stems from a July 25th incident. The group was driving around the community displaying the flags on their vehicles. The convoy stopped near a residence where a group of people were celebrating a child's birthday. A confrontation ensued between the two groups. The fight was chronicled on social media at the time, and at least two witnesses caught cell phone video of the incident.

The Douglasville Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney conducted an investigation to determine if any laws were broken.

Friday, the grand jury passed down the indictment of fifteen individuals. According to the indictment, they're charged with "violations of Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and Terroristic Threats". Two members of the group were also charged with battery for an incident that occurred at a gas station that same day. They're accused of hitting and kicking a man, causing scratches and bruises.


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