A college student from Durham, North Carolina, was arrested for pulling down a century-old Confederate statue. The Protestors then preceded to spit on the statue, stomping it, and kicking it.
While the Durham County Sheriff, Mike Andrews, announced his intention to prosecute all those involved in violating the law, the ringleader – black teenager Takiya Thompson has already been arrested.
Thompson, a 22 year-old college student was responsible for bringing a ladder up to the statue and tying a noose around the neck of the Civil War soldier.
“I’m tired of white supremacy keeping its foot on my neck and the necks of people who look like me,” Thompson screamed. “That statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed people live in, and it had to go,” she cried.
Shockingly, the police were present during the entire instance of vandalism and destruction. Sheriff Andrews excused the inaction by saying the police wanted to make sure that the protestors were “safe” and decided not to interfere with those toppling the statue.
“Don’t mistake restraint for inaction,” Andrews stated in a news conference. If I had my deputies to engage a hostile crowd, there would have been injuries,” he added.
“We know what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three people lost their lives and 19 people were injured,” Andrews explained, saying that he didn’t wish to provoke such an outcome in Durham.
“We can all agree that yesterday went too far,” Andrews said. “This is not the Durham I know.”
Meanwhile, a video has gone viral that shows the protestors pulling down the statue, Andrews noted that he shall ensure that the people seen in the video are arrested. “Last night we witnessed a blatant violation of the law,” Andres stated. “No one is getting away with damaging the Confederate statue. We will pursue felony charges.”
“Thompson, a student at historically black North Carolina Central University, faces vandalism misdemeanor and felony charges, including for property damage and participation in a riot, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office,” Fox News reports.
Durham County manager Wendell Davis expressed that although the protest started as a peaceful event it ended with “unfortunate action.”
However, the Democratic Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper tweeted in support of Thompson, saying “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”
The governor added, “My first responsibility as governor is to protect North Carolinians and keep them safe. The likelihood of protesters being injured or worse as they may try to topple any one of the hundreds of monuments in our state concerns me.” It is clear that the Governor’s concern is not over the destruction of public property, or erasing of history, but rather the safety of Antifa rioters. He saidThe potential for those same white supremacist elements we saw in Charlottesville to swarm the site, weapons in hand, in retaliation is a threat to public safety.”