On Tuesday, Durham County arrested Takiya Thompson, a North Carolina Central University student who used a ladder to scale the podium on which the Confederate Soldiers Monument stood, then wrapped a strap around it so other protesters could pull it down.
A North Carolina Central University student was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Monday night protest in which a Confederate statue in front of Durham County’s former courthouse was pulled down.
Takiya Thompson used a ladder to scale the podium on which the Confederate Soldiers Monument stood, then climbed the statue and wrapped a strap around it so other protesters could pull it down.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said Tuesday that his deputies were working to identify others involved in the incident and plan to pursue felony charges against them.
“Let me be clear, no one is getting away with what happened. We will find the people responsible,” Andrews said during an afternoon news conference. “We can all agree yesterday went too far. Yesterday was not the Durham that I know.”
Some protest organizers defended their actions Tuesday, calling the monument a symbol of oppression and racism.
“I’m tired of white supremacy keeping its foot on my neck and the necks of people who look like me,” Thompson said at a separate news conference. “That statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed people live in, and it had to go.”