Vandals Who Toppled Confederate Statue in Durham Will Face Charges, Sheriff Says

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
August 15, 2017US News
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Vandals Who Toppled Confederate Statue in Durham Will Face Charges, Sheriff Says
A Sheriff's deputy stands near the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, Aug. 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Kate Medley)

Police are working to identify vandals who toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier in North Carolina on Monday in order to bring criminal charges against them, according to a statement from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

The Durham Police Department stood by and watched as a crowd of protesters brought down the century-old statue on Monday, Fox News reported.

The vandals brought a ladder and tied a rope to the statue to topple it. Several people then stomped on top of the downed statue as officers and deputies looked on.

A man who was marching in a protest poses on the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. August 14, 2017.(REUTERS/Kate Medley)
A man who was marching in a protest poses on the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. August 14, 2017.(REUTERS/Kate Medley)

No arrests were made Monday because deputies were exercising restraint given the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said.

“We decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority,” Andrews said a statement.

“As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct.”

Monday’s vandalism was triggered by clashes and violence in Virginia on Saturday.

Various groups, including extremist white nationalists and white supremacists, gathered to protest the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. They were met with counter-protesters, some of whom were armed and violent members of the Antifa extremist group.

The statue of Confederat Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the “Unite the Right” rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Clashes began on Friday night and continued throughout the day on Sunday, culminating in a fatal car attack that killed one counter-protester and injured 19 others.

On Monday, Durham County Police said in a statement that no one was arrested when the statue was toppled at the old Durham County courthouse in North Carolina because the statue was on county property which is the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s department.

A Confederate statue was vandalized on Saturday night in Kentucky. In Florida, a Confederate statue was relocated lawfully on Monday.

Municipal workers attempt to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., August 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)
Municipal workers attempt to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., August 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)

Laura Ingraham, editor-in-chief of Lifezette, told Fox News on Tuesday that vandals who tear down Confederate monuments are erasing American history.

“When you see bands of criminals, which is what they were yesterday, ripping down public property and being celebrated in the American media for doing so, we have a real problem on our hands,” Ingraham said.

“This is not about racial healing or racial unity when you see property being destroyed. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the eradication of history and acknowledgment that we had really difficult, horrible moments in our country’s history that we were able to overcome.”

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James Alex Fields Jr. is seen via video link from jail as he appears before Judge Robert Downer in an artist
James Alex Fields Jr. is seen via video link from jail as he appears before Judge Robert Downer in an artist’s rendering of his bail hearing at the Charlottesville City Court in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 14, 2017. (REUTERS/William Hennessy Jr.)

The man accused of the deadly car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday had a history of violence dating back to 2010 when he was barely a teenager, according to police records, the Washington Post reported.

When he was just 13 years old in 2010, Alex James Fields Jr. struck his disabled mother on the head and put his hands over her mouth when she told him to stop playing a videogame.

The wheelchair-bound mother, Samantha Bloom, locked herself in the bathroom and called 911. The two were living in Florence, Ky., at the time.

“Scared mom to death not knowing if he was going to do something,” a 911 dispatcher wrote in the report.

In October 2011, Fields stood behind his mother brandishing a 12-inch knife. The day after that he spat in her face. He was taking medication to manage his tempter, the mother said.

Bloom called the police the following month asking for help in taking her son to the hospital for an assessment. She said her son was “being very threatening toward her” and that she did not feel “in control of the situation.”

“Mom is scared he is going to become violent here,” a dispatcher wrote following the call.

Fields was arrested and held in juvenile detention following the call.

The man’s troubled past emerged as he appeared via video link at his first court session in connection to a car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday that killed one and injured 19 others.

Flowers are left outside the Charlottesville General District Court before a scheduled appearance via video link for James Alex Fields Jr. August 14, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Flowers are left outside the Charlottesville General District Court before a scheduled appearance via video link for James Alex Fields Jr. August 14, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Police say Fields drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of protesters at a high speed, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring 19 others.

The prosecutors charged him with second degree murder, a hit and run, and three counts of malicious wounding.

On Monday, Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. denied Fields bail until he sees his lawyer. Downer appointed Charles L. Weber Jr. to represent Fields, who said he could not afford his own attorney.

The next court date is scheduled for Aug. 25.

Prosecutors did not present any evidence at the Monday hearing. Police say Fields traveled to Virginia to attend the Unite the Right rally.

James Alex Fields Jr., (2nd L with shield) is seen attending the "Unite the Right" rally in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Eze Amos)
James Alex Fields Jr., (2nd L with shield) is seen attending the “Unite the Right” rally in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Eze Amos)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the events in Charlottesville met the definition for domestic terrorism.

Members of various groups, including extremists groups such as white supremacists and fascists, converged in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. They were met with counter-protesters, including Black Lives Matter and the Antifa extremist group.

Charlottesville police fielded more than 250 calls on Saturday with reports of assault. Officers continue to take in new complaints, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.

President Donald Trump condemned the violence on both sides of the clashes.

“Anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable,” Trump said.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.”

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