A Mississippi man allegedly threw a bomb at a Walmart in protest demanding Confederate flags be sold at the store.
The explosion didn’t cause any damage, but definitely invoked fear as the man reportedly pulled up to the store and instructed an employee to “run” before hurling the newspaper wrapped bomb at the establishment.
The culprit, Marshall E. Leonard of Tupelo, Mississippi is known around the area for shamelessly driving around with Mississippi state flag and Confederate flag stickers on his car, Captain Jerry Davis of the Tupelo Police Department reportedly said.
As disturbing as this story is, it’s also kind of humorous because of how ridiculous it sounds.
Leonard evidently was not concerned about getting caught. He was arrested about a half hour after the bombing for running a red light, real slick there buddy!
Once in police custody,Leonard admitted to bombing the store, according to Davis. “He's an active protester who thinks Wal-Mart is leading the charge to remove the flag," Davis reportedly told Mic. "He also has a very recognizable vehicle.”
Leonard has been charged with “bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction: planting or placement.”
What should be added to the charges is domestic terrorism!
Since the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting in June, many southern states have removed the symbol from public buildings and several stores have stopped selling it.
The nine churchgoers killed in the massacre were shot by a white supremacist who glorified the Confederate battle flag which sparked a movement to do away with it.
Clearly, Leonard was not with the movement and is willing to go through great lengths to defend such a disgusting symbol of oppression and racism.
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