Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Suspect calling for removal of Confederate flag allegedly leads campus chase

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Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 6:18 PM

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A man claiming to be part of an effort to remove the Confederate Naval Jack from The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel was arrested by campus police following a chase late Friday evening.

An incident report from The Citadel Police Department details the arrest of Torrence Dwyle Forney, 44, of Charlotte who was found standing outside the school chapel, which was locked at the time. Around 2:15 a.m. that evening, an officer was notified of loud music coming from a vehicle on campus and a driver who appeared intoxicated, according to the report. As Forney was approached by the officer, he allegedly jumped back inside his vehicle and sped off. After speeding though several stop signs, the suspect was finally blocked in by another officer’s vehicle. The chase ended as Forney exited his vehicle and was taken into custody.

An incident report states that Forney displayed erratic behavior, saying that he was a graduate of The Citadel and was part of the “take it down movement,” which is dedicated to the removal of the Confederate flag from Summerall Chapel.

When asked why he was on campus, Forney allegedly repeated, “The right thing,” according to an incident report. He is also quoted as saying, “Tell General Rosa to come see me and take it down now.”

Forney was booked into the Charleston County jail later that evening. His list of charges includes failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct.

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