Woman, man charged after climbing Confederate flag pole appear in court

Woman, man charged after climbing Confederate flag pole appear in court

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The woman charged after climbing the flag pole at the State House and removing the Confederate flag and the man who helped her appeared in court on Monday.

Brittany "Bree" Newsome and James Tyson are charged with defacing state property. Newsome is known as an activist in Charlotte.

According to Newsome, she and Tyson will appear back in court in November.

"As of now, Jimmy & I have a trial date set for November," Newsome tweeted after the hearing. "Staying strong."

On June 27, Newsome climbed the pole at the State House and removed the Confederate battle flag. She was in a harness secured below by James Tyson.

When Newsome got to the ground, she and Tyson were arrested.

If their case goes to trial and they are convicted,  they face three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Both Newsome and Tyson are from Charlotte.

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