- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A man who police say unlawfully carried a firearm during a central Florida rally to support the Confederate flag has been arrested.

Police estimated 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with the rebel flag, took part in last weekend’s event in Ocala. Police said Friday they identified 24-year-old Sebastian Boswell from a video where shots were heard being fired. Boswell was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but police did not say that Boswell had actually fired.

Boswell said he had the gun because his cousin had been involved in a fight earlier that day that had nothing to do with the rally. He denied firing any shots.

The ride was rerouted away from one neighborhood after some residents threatened to shoot into the procession.

The event was organized to show support for Marion County’s decision to return the Confederate flag to a display in front of its government complex.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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