- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HARAHAN, La. (AP) - A Harahan woman has been arrested after police say she stole and tore a Confederate flag.

Harahan police say that 18-year-old Madelyn Christina was caught on surveillance video Monday stealing a Confederate battle flag from a flag pole in front of a neighbor’s house. When contacted by police, Christina told officers that she stole the flag because it was racist.

Police also say that when they tried to retrieve the flag from Christina’s vehicle, they found marijuana, cocaine and alprazolam.

Christina was arrested on three counts of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $100 and flag desecration.

Louisiana is one of five states with laws making desecration of the Confederate flag illegal.

It’s unclear if Christina has an attorney.

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