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NC Statue Arrests: Eight Face Charges in Confederate Statue Vandalism

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Rev. Joe Stapleton, of Cornerstone Community Church, waits in line outside the Durham County Jail where many "symbolically" turned themselves in for the toppling of the Durham County confederate statue during a Monday protest. (Casey Toth/The Herald-Sun via AP)

By    |   Friday, 18 August 2017 12:29 PM

Eight activists allegedly involved in toppling a North Carolina Confederate soldier statue Monday faced charges of felony inciting a riot and other misdemeanors, while a crowd of people lined up to confess.

Taylor Alexander Jun Cook, 24; Raul Mauro Arce Jimenez, 26, of Durham; Elena Everett, 37, of Durham; and Aaron Caldwell, 24, of Raleigh all appeared in a Durham courtroom Friday, with a judge setting a new court date for Sept 12, the Durham Herald Sun reported.

The four surrendered to the magistrate's office Thursday. Along with two counts of felony inciting a riot to cause property damage in excess of $1,500, the four are also charged with three misdemeanors — disorderly conduct by injury of a statue, damage to real property valued at more than $200, and damage to real property, the newspaper noted.

Peter Hull Gilbert, 39, Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, and Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, all of Durham, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the incident, WRAL-TV reported. Takiyah Fatima Thompson, of Durham, who climbed the statue to place the rope around it, was taken into custody on Tuesday. They had identical charges to those who appeared in court Friday.

In a show of solidarity, a scores of people lined up at the sheriff's office in Durham to confess to the vandalism, The Washington Post reported. Estimates of the crowd size ranged from 100 to 300.

Scott Holmes, an attorney representing some of those who were arrested, railed against the charges, saying that the felonies were unwarranted because there was no riot and no violence took place, WRAL-TV reported.

"The folks who have been charged with riot have been overcharged," Holmes said, WRAL-TV said. "I'm also concerned that the sheriff has used search warrants to ransack the homes of people involved for an act of vandalism and not violence. It seems to be another indication of overreaching or overcharging."

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement that those protesting the arrest were welcomed to demonstrate if they obtained a permit and stayed peaceful, the television station wrote. Hundreds had gathered outside of the courthouse for the court appearances, noted the Herald Sun.

"The Sheriff's Office supports the right to peaceable assembly," Andrews said, per WRAL-TV. "As the custodian of the courthouse, the safety and security of visitors and employees will remain a top priority for the Sheriff's Office. … I expect participants in the planned rally to obtain a permit and engage in a peaceful demonstration. My Agency will continue to maintain the safety and security of the building."

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