Simple minded Negros are quite good at making up simple rhymes. That chant in the title didn’t stop the cops from doing their duty though.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue during a protest this week in Durham, North Carolina, authorities said.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said officers were executing search warrants and reviewing video shot at the scene.
The Confederate Soldiers Monument was pulled down during a Monday protest at the old Durham County Courthouse to show solidarity with anti-racist activists after last weekend’s deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Takiya Fatima Thompson, 22, was charged Tuesday with two felonies — participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot — and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct by injury to a statue and damage to property, the sheriff’s office said. She was held on $10,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, and Peter Gull Gilbert, 39, were arrested on the same charges, the sheriff’s office said. Additional arrests are expected, the office said.
In a statement, the Workers World Party said Thompson, a student at North Carolina Central University, was a member of the group “who climbed to the top of the statue to tie a rope around its neck before the crowd tore it down.”
“If the people decide they want to remove such a statue, that should be their right,” Workers World Party member Qasima Wideman said in the statement. The group also asked that charges be dropped.