Attorney trying to bring down Mississippi flag is threatened

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Jackson attorney bringing a lawsuit against the Governor of Mississippi to try and change the state flag says he has been getting death threats.

Attorney Carlos Moore says he’s disappointed, but he refuses to drop the lawsuit.

Moore has hired 24-hour security for his family and the staff at his office.

He says it’s hard to believe this is going on in 2016, but he is not giving up.

Attorney Carlos Moore is moving forward with his controversial lawsuit against Governor Phil Bryant filed Monday, February 29, 2016.

It questions whether or not the state flag is constitutional.

He says there have been several obstacles thrown at him, but that’s not stopping him.

“The lawsuit continues,” said Moore.

There have been passionate debates from both sides of this issue.

But now, the FBI has gotten involved in this lawsuit after Moore says three people threatened to kill him on Facebook.

“I’m not going to get into the details of the investigation, but we did get those threats online. I am dismayed that obviously in the death threat pertaining to this lawsuit trying to challenge the constitutionality of the state flag with the confederate emblem. I never thought something like this would occur in 2016,” said Moore.

Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood is representing the state in the case that claims the state flag is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves asked attorneys to file arguments over whether or not the courts have any real standing in the decision.

The deadline is Monday, March 21.

This time last week, Moore hosted a flag rally on the steps of the capitol.

He told us then, that his wife had concerns with him pursuing the lawsuit.

“My wife was very afraid. She knows the history. She knows about Medgar. She knows about Myrlie. She knows about Martin, and she knows about Coretta. I had to remind her about Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall lived a long life and so did his wife. I plan to take this as far as it needs to go and I plan to survive,” said Moore.

Moore says those threats came from people here in Mississippi and outside of the state.

That information has been handed over to the FBI, the Department of Justice, and local law enforcers.

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