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Protesters knock down Confederate statue in NC

Protesters knock down Confederate statue in NC
Protesters knock down Confederate statue in NC
Posted at 3:22 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 01:41:34-04

DURHAM, NC (WWBT) - A group of protesters knocked over a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C.

Demonstrators used a ladder to reach the top of the Confederate Soldiers Monument on Monday evening. Authorities sprayed the top of the statue with cooking spray to make it more difficult to climb, but it was pulled down by a rope.

According to WRAL, protesters began kicking the statue and chanting after it fell. The group then began marching to the police department, which blocked several streets.

The protest started around 6 p.m. and ended around 8 p.m.

The Durham Police Department did not make any arrests because, according to WRAL, the Durham County Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction over county buildings and landmarks.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted a message around 9:15 p.m., saying there's a better way to remove the monuments.

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