MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An observance of Confederate Memorial Day in Montgomery Monday included protests and arrests. The state marked the holiday with a ceremony at the Capitol, but a small group of people with a Black Lives Matter group from Selma protested the event.
Authorities arrested a man, identified as Birmingham resident Mercutio Terrell Southall, after he came to the event, allegedly armed with a loaded shotgun. He's now charged with possessing a firearm while attending a demonstration at a public place, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
A second man, John Patrick Redmond, of Enterprise, was also arrested. He's being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on the same charge as Southall.