Cops stood by while leftist Durham mob toppled Civil War statue

· August 15, 2017  
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On Monday evening, a conglomerate of far-left groups brought down and destroyed a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, and police have pledged to find those accountable for the act of vandalism.

Gathered outside the Durham County courthouse on Main Street, the leftists successfully brought down a monument to “The Confederate States of America.” The destroyed statue did not represent one particular individual, but a private soldier who fought for the South during the war.

After bringing down the statue, several leftist agitators took turns kicking the lifeless monument in acts of mob jubilation.

The act followed clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend between white supremacists and leftist extremists. The violence escalated when a man drove his vehicle into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.

The vandals in Durham included a communist group called the Workers World Party (WWP). Since its founding in 1958, the group has supported genocidal dictators such as China’s Mao Tse-Tung and the Soviet despots who took millions of innocent lives.

The video seems confusing, given the lack of police intervention to stop the leftists from destroying property in broad daylight.

Tuesday morning, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of protecting the site, released a statement announcing that it is seeking charges against those who toppled the statue.

The Durham cops took video of the event Monday, but decided not to intervene, citing “the potential risk of injury to the public and officers should deputies attempt to control the crowd.”

“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,” said Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews.

The renewed debate over Civil War symbols has led to groups and individuals pushing for the wholesale removal of all Confederate statues. So far, officials in Baltimore, Maryland; Lexington, Kentucky; Jacksonville, Florida; and Memphis, Tenessee, have capitulated to mob demands, pledging to plan the removal of Confederate symbols.

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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.