DURHAM, NC — Numerous protesters have been arrested in connection with the destruction of the Confederate Soldiers Monument outside the old Durham County Courthouse on Monday.
22-year-old Takiyah Thompson was the one who climbed the memorial and wrapped a toe strap around the Confederate soldier's bronze neck, having the crowd pull it down.
Thompson was charged with participation in a riot with property damage greater than $1,500, inciting others to riot, disorderly conduct and damage to property, the first two being felonies. Protesters Peter Gilbert, Ngoc Tran and Dante Strobino were also charged with these same offenses.
The Durham County Sheriff's Department also arrested Aaron Caldwell, Elena Everett and Raul Jimenez for their participation. Additional charges to other protesters involved are expected as police continue to review the many videos that were taken that day.
The crowd erupted in cheers once the statue came crashing down. Protesters could be seen spitting on, kicking and giving the middle finger to the destroyed statute bearing the engravement, "In memory of the boys who wore gray."
The protest came only two days after an incident where white nationalist James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters who were advocating another Confederate statue's removal in Charlottesville, Virginia. In that attack, one person was left dead and several others injured.
The toppled statue had been standing since 1924. It is unclear if it will ever be replaced.