Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, right, speaks next to Judy Forte, Superintendent of the MLK National Historic Site, during a news conference after Confederate flags were found on the premises of Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on the investigation into Confederate flags found at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta:
Atlanta’s police chief says officials have seen on surveillance video the images of two white males who placed Confederate battle flags on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta.
Chief George Turner said Thursday at a news conference: “We do have images of two white males placing those flags on the campus.” He said he doesn’t know their ages, and he didn’t give other details.
Turner says the video will be released soon.
Turner called the placing of the flags disgusting but not surprising. He said: “We’ve seen this kind of ugliness before.” Officials say Confederate flags have been placed on the center’s campus before, including at King’s tomb.
Turner says Atlanta police are working with federal officials to find the men. He says authorities have “good, strong physical evidence.”
Police say a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates the King Center.