A woman who claims she took part in the toppling of the Confederate statue with a group of protesters in North Carolina has been arrested and is facing several charges.
From Daily Mail
It comes as the state’s Democrat governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday that he wants to bring down Confederate monuments around the state, thrusting himself into a debate stoked by violence in Virginia.
Cooper said: ‘We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery,’ Cooper said in a statement. ‘These monuments should come down.’
Takiyah Thompson, 22, was taken into custody on Tuesday by Durham County sheriff’s deputies shortly after protesters held a news conference at North Carolina Central University where she identified herself as the person who climbed a ladder to the top to tie a rope around the monument before the crowd tore it down on Monday.
She can be seen in video showing the moments before the Confederate statue was toppled.
During the press conference, Thompson said that her actions were justified because Confederate statues represent white supremacy.
Authorities charged Thompson with disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, damage to real property, participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500.
During the press conference and prior to Thompson’s arrest, protesters called for authorities to drop any charges related to the incident.
‘The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue,’ Thompson, a member of the far-left Workers World Party and a student at N.C. Central University, said before being arrested.
‘We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted.’
But Sheriff Mike Andrews said protesters who toppled the nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building would face felony charges.
‘No one is getting away with this,’ Andrews said. ‘We can all agree yesterday went too far.’
The Confederate Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1924, stood in front of an old courthouse that how houses local government offices. The crumpled and dented bronze figure has been taken to a warehouse for storage.
The incident in Durham on Monday comes in response to the violent clashes that erupted at a rally by white nationalists who were protesting the pending removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Cooper says Confederate monuments ‘should come down’ and wants the legislature to repeal a law preventing state and local governments from removing them permanently and limiting their relocation.
The Democratic governor says Civil War history doesn’t belong in ‘a place of allegiance on our Capitol grounds.’
North Carolina is one of only three states – along with Virginia and Georgia – that have 90 or more Confederate monuments, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A state tally shows at least 120 Civil War monuments around North Carolina, with the vast majority dedicated to the Confederacy. Around 50 are located at contemporary or historic courthouses.
The Republican-controlled legislature would have to repeal the 2015 law restricting the removal of monuments.
Cooper says he’s also asked state officials to determine costs and logistics for removing Confederate monuments from state property.
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