Protesters tear down Confederate statue outside North Carolina courtroom (VIDEO)
The gathering started out small Monday evening, WTVD reported. Demonstrators rallied in solidarity with other nationwide protests; responding to the tragically deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Those protests arose out of the ordered removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The statue of a generic Confederate soldier outside the courthouse in Durham had an engraving memorializing “the boys in gray.” Activists threw a nylon rope around the soldier and pulled it off its pedestal.
The otherwise peaceful protest saw several people stomping and kicking the statue, which broke into pieces once it was taken down.
Protesters also took aim at President Donald Trump, who initially condemned violence “on many sides” before specifying hate groups such as the KKK and neo-Nazis.
Once the Durham crowd grew to more than 100, they marched toward the new Durham Police headquarters, which is still being constructed, WTVD reported. They temporarily blocked traffic. Police reportedly kept a distance.
The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments #durham - RC— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) August 15, 2017
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) reacted to the property damage by condemning "the racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville," while adding, "there is a better way to remove these monuments."