Photos show group burning American, Confederate flags in downtown Charleston

Published: Jun. 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2015 at 3:02 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Images of a flag burning incident at Marion Square in downtown Charleston over the weekend has ignited controversy across social media platforms.

DeRay McKesson, a civil rights activist with, posted photos and video on his Twitter page Sunday showing a group of people in Marion Square burning the American and Confederate flags.

WeTheProtesters lists McKesson as a member of its planning team, and the Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protester Newsletter.

Twitter responses to McKesson's tweets appeared split on the burning of both flags, with some users saying Americans have the right to burn whatever flag they'd like, and others heavily berating the individuals who burned the American flag.

Each of the tweets received hundreds of retweets and favorites.

Additional tweets by @deray show Charleston Police on the scene, though it is not clear when the officers arrived.

In one photo, a Charleston cop is seen holding a furled flag behind his back while speaking with the person initially shown with the burning American flag.

Live 5 News has reached out to Charleston Police for comment on the incident, as well as to ask if any charges were filed. Officials with the police department said they would send more information as soon as it is available.

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