This post has been updated. More than 30,000 people have signed a petition demanding an apology from the city of Atlanta, but the city council has not addressed it.

source USA TODAY title Atlanta mayor apologizes for using Confederate flag article A Georgia city councilwoman has apologized for using the Confederate flag as part of a protest rally.

The city of Alpharetta issued a statement Friday morning saying the Confederate Flag had been a focal point during the protest.

It was a political statement, and the mayor did not mean to offend anyone.

We apologize to those who were offended by the display,” said councilwoman Mary Jane Martin.

The flag was a part of the group called the “Brick Crew” that organized the protest Saturday in Atlanta.

The group’s members included members of the Black Lives Matter movement and others from Atlanta and beyond.

Martin said she didn’t mean to make any political statements.

The group held a rally Friday afternoon outside the Atlanta City Hall where a woman was shot and killed in front of the building.

Martin said the group was angry about the lack of progress being made to heal the nation’s deep racial divides.