Group Supporting State Flag, Police Issues Demands To City Of Tupelo

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TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – There’s another development Friday stemming from the fatal shooting of Antwun Shumpert by Tupelo police.

A group supporting the state flag has announced a list of demands in Tupelo.

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Members of the Confederates United Patriots Society say at a press conference they’re demanding body cameras for all police officers and they want to publicly recognize a police officer monthly for their work in the community.

The organization wants the state flag to remain flying at all times in the city. They say they’re unhappy that the city removes the flag when there’s a rally or other function.

The group wants to stop all discrimination for the state flag and its supporters and wants equal treatment for all groups seeking permits on city and county property.

“What we want to do is have those demands before the council and the mayor to look over them and to see what we’re asking,” the organization’s founder Scott McDonald said. “I don’t think we’re asking for too much.”

If Mayor Shelton isn’t responsive, the group says they’ll take further action.

“We’re going to campaign as hard as we can come election time to replace the mayor and the city council,” McDonald said.

There’s a rally planned for Saturday in Tupelo to support the Shumpert family.