Fight over Confederate flag ends in criminal charges

Fight over Confederate flag ends in criminal charges

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RACINE — A Confederate flag hanging in a Racine resident’s house reportedly led to a fight that ended with a man forcing his way into the home to tear it down.

The Racine Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Center Street on Friday afternoon. The caller said Tajaun Boatner, 37, of Racine, had confronted her at her house about a Confederate flag hanging in her window and eventually pushed her down, the complaint said.

In a later interview with the police, the resident said Boatner had politely asked her to take the flag out of her kitchen window, and she moved it to her bathroom window, the complaint said.

They both began yelling and the resident had called Boatner a racial slur, the complaint said. The argument ended after Boatner reportedly walked up her front porch, pushed her down, and walked into the house to remove the Confederate flag, according to the complaint.

Boatner reportedly told an officer he had politely asked the owner of the Confederate flag to take it down, but instead she moved it to a different window.

The officer asked for more details, and Boatner became argumentative, according to the complaint.

Boatner reportedly struggled against officers to avoid being handcuffed. Boatner would not spread his feet so the police could pat him down for weapons, so two officers forced him to move his feet, the complaint said.

After police arrested him, Boatner tried to resist getting into the car, and he reportedly kicked at the officers as they tried to close the door of the vehicle.

Boatner is charged with criminal trespassing, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer.

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