George Floyd's uncle seeks removal of Confederate flag from South Dakota town's police logo

Selwyn Jones, one of George Floyd's uncles, is pushing officials in Gettysburg, South Dakota, to remove the Confederate battle flag from the local police department’s logo. 

Jones told the Star Tribune in an interview this week that the logo, which shows a Confederate battle flag positioned alongside the U.S. flag behind a cannon, has “got to go” and said he plans to voice his support for changing it when the city council reviews the matter next week.

Jones, whose late sister was Floyd's mother, said he spoke with the mayor of his town, Bill Wuttke, about the issue a few weeks back. Floyd died in Minneapolis in May after a now-former officer knelt with his knee on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes.

“Bill, we really have the Confederate flag on our police uniforms?” Jones told the paper he remembered telling the mayor on the call. “Man, that’s got to go.”

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“We’ll see about it,” he recalled the mayor responding then.

“That’s what a white guy in control and power says. ‘We’ll see about it.’ ... Whatever,” Jones said. 

Wuttke, who told the paper he is not in support of changing the logo, said that the local police force is “working on something different.”

“We’re not wanting the liberals and the press telling us we have to change it. People here do not feel it’s racism,” he said.

“It’s so ridiculous; 99 percent of the people don’t have any idea [that the Confederate flag is on the insignia]. It’s just something that’s there. I’ve had more local people in favor of it than against it,” Wuttke added.

The local city council has also reportedly opposed changing the logo’s design, which has been around for more than a decade, in the past and defended it as a means to “represent our heritage.”

A petition calling on the agency to remove the pro-slavery symbol from its insignia has reportedly gathered over 4,000 signatures.

“South Dakota did not exist until 24 years AFTER the Civil War. The confederacy was a blatantly racist organization that is not a fundamental part of our state’s history. … This heritage is not ours, it has no place here,” the petition reads.