Criminal charges sought for protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North Carolina

by Lucia I. Suarez Sang
August 15, 2017

When protesters, angry over the deadly incidents in Virginia this weekend, decided to take down a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina on Monday, law enforcement stood back and watched.

At no time did officers with the Durham Police Department or deputies with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office intervene as activists brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull it down, according to multiple media reports.

No one was arrested Monday, however, a day later, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews announced investigators were working to identify the protesters and planned to bring criminal charges against them.

“We decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority,” Andrews said in a statement posted on his agency’s website. “As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct.”

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • dmttbt says:

    There was a civil war in this country. There was two sides who battled to win. There was a confederate flag and there was confederate money and there was heroes on both sides. Why is it now years after the war people seem to think they should protest over a war that has been finished? I think I saw where they have moved or torn down a statue of general Robert E. Lee. Our history is a fact and they can tear down whatever our law enforcement lets them get away with but it will not change the facts of history.

  • Pete Bundy says:

    From what I understand at least three of the vandals are members of the World Workers party-communist. Well maybe Cuba would love to have them.

  • goldie says:

    “As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct.” Were ever dumber words uttered? You did nothing to stop vandalism done in broad daylight; you were so ineffective that you had to assure your people that you are not blind. But you are; at least where left-wing violent liberals are concerned.

  • Philomena says:

    The young lady who climbed up to help pull the statue down is lucky that she lives in the USA. If Robert Mugabe was in charge she would be in prison.

    1. goldie says:

      Love your name.

  • Janis Love says:

    The police were ordered to stand down, the cops were not making the decisions. This had to be hard as hell for them to be put in this position, as is so often happening around the country.

  • Norman Fox says:

    What a joke this cop shop is to protect and serve. Yea right the leftist and liberal lying dumocrats

  • Dee says:

    That’s BS !! Why would you stand by and watch as these low life scums take down a statue . I hope the Justice Dept. gets involved and charges these scums ! This crap and those low lifes Must be Stopped or we won’t have a great country !!

  • CHRISTOPHER BOWEN says:

    Destroying public property! Police just watch! Fire the police.

    1. Dee says:

      Definitely Fire Them !!

  • AFGus says:

    Good! They absolutely need to bring criminal charges against all involved. As a resident of North Carolina, I am disgusted with these type of people and their lawlessness. I also believe that Law Enforcement should have intervened prior to the criminal acts. Waiting till after does not discourage these type of criminal acts. People need to see the consequences “immediately” in living color on TV, not afterwords in print.

    Track these criminals down and charge them with “every single violation” of the law that can be brought against them, including Domestic Terrorism…. NOW!

    1. Norman Fox says:

      Yea sure and pigs will fly we can only hope tho

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    The criminals were so proud of their crime, they were taking many photos of their vandalism. Shouldn’t be too hard to identify the idiots responsible.

    1. goldie says:

      You should be in law enforcement; maybe things would improve with a little common sense.

      1. dmttbt says:

        Do you really believe that those in law enforcement are so stupid they haven’t thought of using the videos of the crimes to identify the people responsible? They may not have done it but I can assure you they have thought of it.

  • Stephen Howe says:

    “PUBLIC SAFETY?!” You mean “Criminal Coddling!”

    Where were these riots when that GOP congressman was shot by a leftist whacko? Why wasn’t his a case of “domestic terrorism?!”

    1. Janis Love says:

      The coddling has turned this country into a nightmare. Where does it go from here?

      1. goldie says:

        Remember, a snake doesn’t sit up and shake his coils unless he is afraid; he’s usually hiding under a rock somewhere. These liberals know their dog-days are over and are trying violently to stop their demise. But it won’t help. America is awake now and it is only a matter of time; I personally think that the 2018 elections will show just how many Americans support our wonderful president.

  • Walter Flatt says:

    YET THE COPS STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING AND THEY EXPECT US TO GIVE UP OUR GUNS. GET REAL.

    PRAY FOR TRUMP AND SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. I HAVE VERIFED THE CAMPS, IF YOU DONT BELIEVE, GOOGLE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TERROR CAMPS OF THE USA. WHAT THEY WONT DO TO COVE THIS UP. PRAY FOR AMERICA.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE ALL MUSLIMS.

    5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA, AND ALL HIS APPOINTEES, HILLIARY, KERRY, FORMER HEAD OF CIA AND FBI, SEVERAL SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR OBAMS TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY THE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VA. JUST ACROSS THE LINE FROM DC???????

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

    THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

    1. Norman Fox says:

      How true in all you say

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