A social media campaign using #NoFlagginChallenge is encouraging people to film themselves taking down Confederate flags -- even if that means trespassing or stealing.
The original video posted to Facebook shows Jamari Williams of Sarasota, Florida, running up to someone's house and pulling down their Confederate flag. The person filming in the car laughs and says repeatedly, "No flaggin' man."
The video caption reads, "#noFlagginchallenge snatch & run LMAO f--k the flag."
The incident caught the attention of Sarasota police, as well as social media. The hashtag was quickly picked up and Williams' actions were replicated in various creative ways.
Sarasota Police posted to their Facebook page a statement on the 'flaggin' incident:
The Sarasota Police Department has received multiple Facebook and Twitter messages regarding a video that appears to...Posted by Sarasota Police Department on Monday, July 13, 2015
"The Sarasota Police Department is aware of this video and we are looking into this incident but we have not received any reports of a theft of a flag from a residence,” the statement said. “Also, we do not know exactly where this video occurred & whether it was in our jurisdiction.”
[VIDEO] #NoFlaggingChallenge Dares People To Tear Down Confederate Flags Off Private Property https://t.co/jRiIyBqvUx pic.twitter.com/mRhU8dpJXR— NewsWatch33 (@NewsWatch33) July 13, 2015
Wonder if those taking the #NoFlaggingChallenge realize they're helping the police by putting their face to a crime. pic.twitter.com/Pn2eI5gVFv— First In Last Out (@4gen234) July 14, 2015
For your safety .. I wouldn't advise going to anyone's property and doing this ignorant bs .. Be smart stay alive #NoFlaggingChallenge— Renegade Cowboy⚓️ (@Rene_gadeCowboy) July 13, 2015
While the first filmed incident with the hashtag was from Florida, TheBlaze reported that Sarasota police have not had any reports yet of stolen flags, yet South Carolina has.
The social media push for these vigilantes to take the matter in to their own hands seemingly copies that of the South Carolina activist who took it upon herself to scale the Statehouse flagpole last month and remove the Confederate flag ahead of the state's decision. South Carolina lawmakers did ultimately vote to remove the flag.