Charges dropped against 3 accused of tearing down Durham Confederate statue

Charges dropped against 3 accused of tearing down Durham Confederate statue

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) - Charges have been dropped against three of the people charged with tearing down a Confederate monument in front of the old Durham County courthouse on Aug. 14, according to Dante Strobino, to one of the protesters who was arrested and charged.

Around 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 14, a woman using a ladder climbed the statue of a Confederate soldier and attached a rope around the statue.

Moments later, the crowd pulled on the rope and the statue fell.  One man quickly ran up and spat on the statue and several others began kicking it.

Durham police later said they monitored the protests to make sure they were "safe," but did not interfere with the statue toppling because it happened on county property.

"Because this incident occurred on county property, where county law enforcement officials were staffed, no arrests were made by DPD officers," Durham Police spokesman Wil Glenn wrote in an email statement.

In 1924, the Confederate statue was dedicated to Durham.

Engraved on the front of the monument is "The Confederate States of America."

Above it, was the statue representing a soldier who fought in the civil war.

"Today we got a small taste of justice," protester Jose Ramos said after the statue was down.

Multiple people were arrested in the days following the incident.

The three people who had the charges against them dropped are Zan Caldwell, Miles Stignor and Taylor Alexander Jun Cook, according to Strobino.

Some of the remaining suspects who are still facing charges are set to have court appearances on Nov. 14 and Dec. 5.

According to the Defend Durham Facebook page, the group will be holding an action on Nov. 14 where they're encouraging people to call-in to Durham County to drop the charges on those arrested in the Confederate statue protest and to "repeal [the] racist law" passed in the North Carolina General Assembly that prevents local governments from removing confederate statues.