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Gov. Nikki Haley's office kept a chart of businesses, political leaders and community groups supporting the removal of the Confederate flag during last summer's debate.
The chart shows up in 10,000 pages her office released under an open records request.
Amid the many messages condemning the shootings at Emanuel AME Church, some also condemned Haley's call to take down the flag from the Statehouse grounds, while others supported lowering the flag, and praised the governor as courageous for speaking out.
The documents also show the Confederate Relic Room initially put a $1 million price tag on removing the flag in an email to Haley's staff.
Two days after the shooting, the governor's office also told state agencies that for nine days, their employees did not have to say, "It's a great day in South Carolina" upon answering the phone. Haley instituted that cheery greeting in 2011.
Thousands of people wrote emails to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in the days after the June 2015 shooting at a historic black church, condemning the violence as senseless and saddening.
But many of the more than 10,000 pages her office released Wednesday also denounced her call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds as a "knee jerk" reaction.
Scores of other messages thank the governor for her courage and leadership.
The documents released to media organizations under an open records request include messages about the flag debate that followed revelations that Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the shootings, had embraced the flag in pictures online and talked of wanting to start a race war.
Lawmakers heeded Haley's call, voting to take down the flag weeks after the shooting.
Gov. Nikki Haley's office has released thousands of documents revealing details of communications surrounding her response to the shooting of nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church last summer.
The more than 10,000 documents released to media organizations Wednesday under an open records request include communications between the governor and constituents in the aftermath of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The documents include messages about the ensuing debate surrounding the Confederate flag that then flew on the Statehouse grounds. Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the shootings, had embraced the flag in pictures online and told a friend he wanted to start a race war with the shootings.
Haley called for the flag's removal, and lawmakers voted to take it down several weeks after the shooting.
The white man accused of killing nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church wants the federal charges against him dismissed.
Attorneys for Dylann Roof argued in court papers filed Tuesday that the nearly three-dozen charges against Dylann Roof should be thrown out in part because they infringe on a case that is best argued in state court. Attorney Sarah Gannett also said she'd drop the challenge if the government agreed not to pursue the death penalty.
His attorneys have previously said Roof would plead guilty if the death penalty were off the table.
Roof's federal trial for the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church is set to begin in November. State prosecutors are also pursuing the death penalty, and their case is slated for January.
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