Confederate flag

In a Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, the Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse, in Columbia, S.C. For 15 years, South Carolina lawmakers refused to consider removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, but opinions changed within five days of the massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, as a growing tide of Republicans joined the call to remove the battle flag from a Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse and put it in a museum., File (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials say they have increased security at the South Carolina Statehouse, where one man has been arrested after a fight over the Confederate flag.

Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli says the Bureau of Protective Services has sent more officers to the downtown complex, where a Confederate flag has been a focus of protests since the fatal shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston on June 17.

A fight started about 7:15 p.m. Monday when about a dozen vehicles with Confederate flag supporters pulled up in front of the Statehouse and stopped in the middle of the street. One man was arrested and was charged with disorderly conduct.

Several groups have planned protests at the site, and impromptu flag-related demonstrations have developed in the last several weeks.

___

Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP