Woman Charged For Taking Down Confederate Statue (Photo)

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A woman has been arrested for her involvement in the toppling of a Confederate statue in North Carolina.

Takiyah Thompson, 22, was arrested on Aug. 15 by Durham County sheriff's deputies shortly after protesters held a news conference at North Carolina Central University, the Daily Mail reported. Thompson had identified herself as the person who climbed the ladder to the top of the statue and tied a rope around it before it was pulled down on Aug. 14.

During the conference, Thompson said her actions were justified because Confederate statues represent white supremacy, according to the Daily Mail. Protesters had also called for authorities to drop any criminal charges related to the incident.

"The people decided to take matters into our own hands and remove the statue," Thompson, who is a member of the far-left Workers World Party and a student at North Carolina Central University, said during the conference. "We are tired of waiting on politicians who could have voted to remove the white supremacist statues years ago, but they failed to act. So we acted."

Sheriff Mike Andrews said Thompson and other protesters involved in the toppling of the nearly century-old Confederate monument in front of the North Carolina government building will be facing felony charges.

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"No one is getting away with this," Andrews told reporters. "We can all agree yesterday went too far."

The arrests came on the same day that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he is in favor of bringing down Confederate monuments around the state in light of the events that took place during the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend, which resulted in one counter protester's death.

"Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states' rights. But history is not on their side," Cooper wrote in a statement published on Medium. "We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down."

"Our Civil War history is important, but it belongs in textbooks and museums  --  not a place of allegiance on our Capitol grounds," Cooper added. "And our history must tell the full story, including the subjugation of humans created in God’s image to provide the back-breaking labor that drove the South’s agrarian economy."

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Cooper added that he wants the North Carolina legislature to repeal a 2015 law that prevents state and local governments from removing Confederate monuments permanently and limiting their relocation.

"Cities, counties and the state must have the authority and opportunity to make these decisions," Cooper said.

There are currently more than 90 Confederate monuments in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia each, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. At least 120 Civil War monuments are located in North Carolina, most of which are dedicated to the Confederacy. About 50 of the monuments are located at contemporary or historic courthouses.

During a press conference on Aug. 15 at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump spoke more about the events that took place in Charlottesville. He insisted that people gathered there to protest the removal of the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

"Well, George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down -- excuse me. Are we going to take down, are we going to take down statues to George Washington?" Trump asked a reporter. "How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?"

"OK, good. Well, are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner," the president continued. "Now, are we going to take down his statue? So, you know what? It's fine. You're changing history. You're changing culture and you had people, and I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned, totally."

Sources: Daily Mail (2), Medium / Featured Image: Jim Bowen/Flickr / Embedded Images: AP via Daily Mail, Derrick Q. Lewis/Twitter via Daily Mail

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