Atlanta Police release surveillance of two men who federal authorities want to identify after discovering Confederate flags on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Site and in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Thursday morning.
Police identify the two white males in the video as persons of interest, and said they were present around the time flags were placed on the property.
FOX 5 met with the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church to discuss the Confederate flags authorities found. Church leaders consider the statement a terroristic threat.
Click here to watch the full interview with Rev. Warnock on the FOX 5 Atlanta YouTube channel
"Right behind a sign that says Black Lives Matter, someone placed a Confederate flag," said Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the church. "They were clearly trying to send a message. Our message is, we will not be deterred. We will not be intimidated.”
Security has been heightened for the security of the landmarks and tourists around the historical sites.
Supporters of the Confederate flag condemn the act, but not their flag.
"The Sons of Confederate Veterans have always opposed the use or misuse of the Confederate Battle Flag and other Confederate symbols in any way for the purpose of racial hatred.... and to taunt, embarrass and promote racial tensions," said Dan Coleman of the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in a statement to FOX 5. "Most of these type incidents prove to be the acts of people who want to condemn others."
"There is a place in society for the Confederate flag, and that place is in the museum," Warnock said.
Earlier in the day, Rev. Warnock addressed the press about the incident, sharing his the raw emotions he felt when heard about the incident.
"It was disturbing and sickening," said Rev. Warnock "This act by a cowardly and misguided individual is provocative to say the least. It ought to get the attention of not only black people, but of freedom loving people everywhere.”
"After this horrific act in Charleston, in the wake of all that's happening in our country... Whatever the message was, It was clearly not about heritage, it was about hate, " said Rev. Warnock
The Atlanta Police Homeland Security Department and the U.S. Park Service are investigating the incident.
This is not the first time the Confederate flag has been left here on these federal grounds.
“We have had incidents before even at the King Center near Dr. King's tomb. There have been flags placed there alongside his tomb," said U.S. Parks Service Superintendent Judy Forte.
Forte also said the King Center received a threatening phone call the day before the deadly shootings in Charleston. According to Forte, the caller talked of recruiting KKK members and blowing something up.
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