PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) – City officials in Philadelphia have removed Mississippi’s state flag from a lamppost after demonstrators sat in a roadway in protest while marching down Broad Street ahead of the Democratic convention.
The flag includes the Confederate emblem.
Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia’s first deputy managing director, says that the flag and a second one nearby have been taken down.
He says the city started to receive complaints from residents since the flags went back up as part of reinvigoration efforts of the so-called Avenue of the States ahead of the convention.
The flags of the 50 states have been adorning the light poles flanking Broad Street.
Philadelphia police were heckled when they kept protesters from climbing the pole to remove the flags.
Twitter user “Joey G,” whose Twitter handle is: @JAGranato, posted the following:
— Joey G (@JAGranato) July 25, 2016