Sheriff Will Seek Criminal Charges Against Protesters Who Destroyed Confederate Statue

In Durham, North Carolina, “protesters” brought down a Confederate statue.

Here’s video of “protesters” before the statue came down:

And after:

Today, the Durham Sheriff’s Department responded.

They will seek criminal charges against the protesters who vandalized the statue.

Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews’ statement said this: 

“County leaders were aware of the risk of damage to the Confederate statute, as well as, the potential risk of injury to the public and officers should deputies attempt to control the crowd. Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority. As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct. With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue.”

Here’s the Sheriff speaking:

Some weren’t so happy that it took so long for the Durham Sheriff’s Department to act:

Will justice be done?

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