A college student was arrested Tuesday for bringing down a century-old statue of a Confederate soldier in front of a cheering crowd.
Takiya Thompson, 22, brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924, according to The Associated Press.
A crowd cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in Durham County.
When the monument fell, protesters began kicking the bronze monument on the ground.
“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 news conference. “That statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed people live in, and it had to go.”
Thompson, a student at historically black North Carolina Central University, faces vandalism misdemeanor and felony charges, including for property damage and participation in a riot, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said deputies are working to identify more suspects and plan to pursue felony charges against them, WRAL-TV reported.
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