FBI to assist in rebel flag probe in Hartselle

HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) - The FBI has agreed to assist Hartselle
police with an investigation into a Confederate battle flag found
tied to a pole in front of a black church.

Mount Pleasant CME Church member Glenda McGregor spotted the
Confederate flag at about 6 a.m. Monday while heading to work.

Police Chief Ron Puckett said his department is treating the
incident as a crime. A message left for Puckett was not immediately
returned Wednesday.

A police officer removed the flag and is holding it as evidence.
Church members want authorities to treat the incident as a hate
crime.

McGregor's son, Victor McGregor, thinks the incident is linked
to the Martin Luther Jr. holiday and Barack Obama's inauguration as
the first black president.

He said the flag was placed to instill fear in the black
community.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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