Changing Tone on Confederate Flag Follows Years of Refusal

With heavy security and heightened expectations, a crowd began to gather Tuesday in the sweltering summer heat to demand the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop a 30-foot pole outside South Carolina's Statehouse. Lawmakers gathering for budget votes could be sweating as well, forced by their governor to declare their positions on the historic but divisive symbol.
More than a dozen officers from different police agencies were positioned in the Statehouse lobby. Even more were outside, where people mobilized by the shootings of nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston last week chanted "bring it down, bring it down."
Some protesters held signs supporting Gov. Nikki Haley's call Monday to remove the flag and put it in a museum.