College student, 22, arrested for her role in toppling Confederate statue in North Carolina

The college student was arrested Tuesday meant for toppling a nearly century-old sculpture of a Confederate soldier Monday within North Carolina in front of a cheering audience.


Takiya Thompson, 22, brought the ladder up to the statue and utilized a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated within 1924, according to The Associated Press. The diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier keeping a rifle fell to the terrain in front of an old courthouse building that will now houses local government offices within Durham County.

Seconds after the monument dropped, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.

Im tired of white supremacy keeping its foot on the neck and the necks of people who also look like me, Thompson  said   in a news conference. That statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed individuals live in, and it had to go.

Thompson, students at historically black North Carolina Main University, faces vandalism misdemeanor plus felony charges, including for residence damage and participation in a huge range, according to the Durham County Sheriffs Workplace.

Clarington County Sheriff Mike Andrews  said   Tuesday that his deputies had been working to identify others involved in the occurrence and plan to pursue felony costs against them.

The Durham protest is at response to a white nationalist move held in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, which lead to three deaths. Even though the violence in Virginia has motivated fresh talk by government authorities about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a legislation protecting them, according to The Associated Push. The 2015 law prevents eliminating such monuments on public property or home without permission from state authorities.

In response to the statue within Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper messaged: The racism and deadly assault in Charlottesville is unacceptable yet there is a better way to remove these types of monuments.

The Associated Press added to this report.