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Felony charges dropped against agitators who tore down NC Confederate statue

Published by The American Mirror

By Victor Skinner 

Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols recently confirmed he’s dropping felony charges against eight protesters who toppled a Confederate statue in North Carolina last year.

Leftists recorded themselves scaling an anonymous rebel statue outside of an old courthouse building in Durham on Aug. 14, when they pulled it to the ground and stomped and spit on the crumpled monument, the Associated Press reports.

The incident occurred two days after a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia that sparked other protests nationwide.

Police watched and recorded the stunt in Durham, but did not take action to stop the destruction.

Initially, a dozen protestors were charged with a variety of crimes related the incident, but charges were dismissed against three people, and another agreed to a deferred prosecution deal. The remaining eight were charged with felony rioting and misdemeanor property damage, but Echols announced Thursday that he dropped the felony charges.

“I only plan to try them on the misdemeanors,” he wrote in an email.

Despite the leniency, supporters of the defendants and others continue to seek “social justice” for those charged. At a hearing Thursday, supporters chanted “witness” in unison as each defendants name was called, Fox News reports.

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January 13, 2018


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