Back in August, while the Charlottesville violence was heating up, protesters brought down a Confederate statue.
Among the protesters, 12 people were convicted for damaging property and one for wearing a mask.
However, three of them had the charges dismissed.
Acording to America News Hub, the lucky ones were Taylor Cook, Zan Caldwell, and Myles Spignor. They were convicted of two offenses and 3 misdemeanor charges each. Those who supported their protesting were glad for the release.
Supporters said in a news release: “While this is a small step forward in this particular iteration of the fight against white supremacy, we must remember that we cannot trust the system to change that which it upholds. This was merely representative of a lack of evidence, not an acquiescence of power and certainly not an admission of guilt. We must continue to fight until the remaining 12 walk free until no Confederate statues remain until all institutions of white supremacy have been abolished. We say ‘Topple Racism – from Durham to the White House!’”
District Attorney Roger Echols had an interview with WRAL News where he explained that these three dismissals interpreted as an indication that others will follow.
He stated: “Cases continue to be reviewed until they are disposed. No one should take our dismissals of those three as an indication of what will or won’t happen in the others.”
The leader behind the protests was Taqiyah Thompson, who doesn’t have any regrets.
The most important under-reported story of the week:
"It's OK to break the law & destroy public property"https://t.co/lYtgJVq9dd
— I Told You So (@get2thegulch) November 11, 2017
Communists in Durham taking down a statue notice the sign. pic.twitter.com/Fn60fYwJaf
— Ga Pt3 (@GaPt77) November 9, 2017
Remember those antifa goons who pulled down the Confederate statue in Durham, NC?
— The Hatman (@TheHat2) November 11, 2017
She stated:“I did the right thing. Everyone who was there—the people did the right thing. The people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone. That statue is where it belongs. It needs to be in the garbage.”
The other convicted have case hearings next week.
If they are not charged, despite the fact that there is a video, more actions like this one will be inspired. This is the chance to set an example.
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