One arrested, one detained during 'Save the Confederate Monument' rally at Travis Park
The 'This Is Texas Freedom Force,' the 'Sons of Confederate Veterans' and several other groups are hosting a rally in Travis Park Saturday in an effort to save the Confederate memorial there. The group said they want to send a clear message to San Antonio City Council and the citizens of San Antonio that they "will not stand quietly by while our Texas History is erased."
Protesters who oppose the statue have also gathered at the park to voice their support for its removal.
Police said one person was arrested at the rally. Sgt. Jesse Salame with the San Antonio Police Department said 20-year-old Michael Murphy was arrested and charged with assault, a Class C misdemeanor. Salame said Murphy was one of the counter-protesters standing for the removal of the Confederate statue from the park. Another person was detained, but released shortly after. Salame said there were no other arrests, detentions or injuries at the rally. It's estimated that about 500 people were in attendance.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg took to Facebook Saturday evening to comment on the rally:
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