VA Protestors 'Smashed, Cut up, Doused in paint, Burned, Sprayed Graffiti Over,' Then Toppled Confederate Statue

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Fox News’ Trace Gallagher reported on “Sean Hannity” that a group of protestors were intent on destroying a 35 foot tall confederate monument in Portsmouth, VA on Wednesday night. When they finally managed to topple one of the statues on it, it fell on a fellow demonstrator’s head critically injuring him.

Gallagher tells Hannity that Black Lives Matter and the NAACP believe it was the site where slaves used to be whipped prior to the Civil War.

A group petitioned the City Council to have the monument removed and the Council said they would issue a decision on July 28. Feeling they could not wait that long, during the day, they painted “Black Lives Matter” below the monument, then threw buckets of paint on the monument and defaced it with graffiti. “Still not good enough,” said Gallagher. They then took bolt cutters and went after it finally managing to knock one of the statues off the monument.

Actually, I favor this Fox writer’s description of the incident: “A crowd of protesters smashed, cut up, doused in paint, burned and sprayed graffiti over a Confederate monument outside a courthouse in Portsmouth, Va., on Wednesday night — and part of it tumbled down, reportedly seriously injuring one of the demonstrators.”

A witness identified as a Black Lives Matter activist told NBC affiliate WAVY that the statue “came [down] and fully hit him in the head, and we could see that his skull was actually showing. He was convulsing on the ground.”

“He lost a great amount of blood,” the witness added. “And we ask that everybody pray for that man right now.”