Activists in North Carolina took matters into their own hands and removed a Confederate statue in front of the old Durham County courthouse. Four people were quickly arrested after video went viral of them participating.
Three of the four are expected in court Thursday — Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, and Peter Gilbert, 39, all of Durham.
Takiyah Thompson, 22, of Durham, was the first person charged in the incident. She had her first court appearance Wednesday morning.
Here is the moment the statue came down:
In a show of solidarity with the arrestees, hundreds of activists showed up at the Durham County sheriff’s office to turn themselves in as well.
Durham County Sheriff’s officials rejected the larger group, but three activists with existing warrants for their involvement removing the statue did turn themselves in:
Two of those who turned themseves in were Elena Everett, 37, of Durham and Aaron Caldwell, 24, of Raleigh. Caldwell, who said he attended Monday’s protest as a community member and in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, said he was notified by a legal team associated with the activists that there was a warrant for his arrest.
The name of the third person wasn’t immediately available.
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