To date, there have been 4 arrests made in the vandalism of a 100-year old Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina.
A group of Socialists, representing the World Workers Party sought to create the same kind of news-grabbing mayhem that went on in Charlottesville over the weekend, so they descended on the statue of a lone, unnamed Confederate soldier.
State law prohibits the removal of monuments without state approval.
Law enforcement was told to stand down, as authorities feared giving the protesters what they wanted – a riot to point back at and say, “See? Your government is oppressing the people!”
A statement from the Durham County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page announces the arrests, so far:
Durham, N.C. – The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a fourth suspect in the removal and vandalism of a Confederate statue. Deputies arrested Peter Gull Gilbert (DOB 4/3/1978) of Durham. The following individuals were also charged in connection with a protest on Monday, August 15.
Dante Emmanuel Strobino (DOB 12/22/1981)
Ngoc Loan Tran (DOB 8/7/1993)
Takiyah Fatima Thompson (DOB 9/13/1994)
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office consulted with the Durham County District Attorney’s Office. All four suspects are facing the following charges:
- 14-132 Disorderly conduct by injury to a statue (Class II Misdemeanor)
- 14-127 Damage to real property (statue as a fixture (Class I Misdemeanor)
- 14-288.2(c) Participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class H Felony)
- 14-288.2(e) inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class F Felony)
The Sheriff’s Office continues to search for individuals who participated in the removal and vandalism of a historical statue. Additional arrests are expected.
It pays to look at the motives behind such destructive and angry public actions, and I promise you, it has nothing to do with the Civil War, or even slavery.