Woman who removed Confederate Flag from State House receives trial date

Police surround the flagpole flying the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015 as Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C. climbs the pole to remove the banner. She was taken into custody when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The woman and man who took down the Confederate flag on statehouse grounds in late June went to court for their first appearance today in Richland County.

According to activist Bree Newsome’s twitter after her and James Tyson’s court appearance, their trial date is set for November:

Newsome and Tyson were arrested last month for removing the Confederate flag from the SC statehouse grounds. Newsome climbed the flag pole and Tyson secured her from below.
Both were charged with defacing state property.

If convicted, both will face up to a $5,000 fine and three years in prison.

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