Durham sheriff vows to make arrests in Confederate statue tear down

Durham Sheriff Michael D. Andrews says some of the people who pulled down a confederate statue Monday have been identified and "we are working toward making arrests. We are pursuing felony charges." He also explains why his officers did not interv
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Durham Sheriff Michael D. Andrews says some of the people who pulled down a confederate statue Monday have been identified and "we are working toward making arrests. We are pursuing felony charges." He also explains why his officers did not interv
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What they’re saying about the Confederate monument on social media and elsewhere

By Cliff Bellamy

cbellamy@heraldsun.com

August 15, 2017 03:30 PM

DURHAM

Protesters’ toppling of the Confederate monument Monday created a flood of comments on social media sites and elsewhere.

Local officials expressed empathy for the protester’s anger, but condemned their actions. “Certainly we all deplore the violence that might be used by white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and of course the KKK, but we cannot also go that way, we cannot move in that direction,” Sen. Floyd B. McKissick said in a Facebook post. “We must by all means show respect and protest in a way that is meaningful, that is s constructive, that engages public dialogue and allows our local governments to make that decision.”

Here are a few more comments that circulated social media Tuesday.

everyone is a criminal in a police/military/intel state that protects outright fascism ‍♀️ #Durham #WeGotThis https://t.co/iZ0fhp2zpV

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) August 15, 2017

“Sheriff’s deputies recorded the event but did not intervene as a protester climbed a ladder….” https://t.co/0fqFHKcf9i

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 15, 2017

It won't be long before they start burning copies of "Gone With the Wind." https://t.co/sDjcbj7ld0 #ToddStarnesShow

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 15, 2017

Tear every single Confederate monument down. Every damn one. #Durham

— Black & Intellectual (@_blackintellect) August 15, 2017

White protesters (yes, white people!) topple a Confederate monument in downtown Durham, N.C. https://t.co/t3XR5kEZUB pic.twitter.com/6hU0THGNBK

— The Root (@TheRoot) August 15, 2017

#Durham #NC tonight: we're out tonight @DurhamCounty Courthouse against confederate statues and against white supremacists #DefendCville pic.twitter.com/8BuZkAYDe7

— Sandra Korn (@sandraylk) August 14, 2017

I get emails.



I send emails in reply. pic.twitter.com/48uK4fay3q

— Charlie Reece (@CharlieReece) August 15, 2017

True American heroes. Thank you to all the activists who successfully toppled a 93-year-old Confederate statue in #Durham.



@DerrickQLewis pic.twitter.com/X3N4LAyPMy

— Women's March (@womensmarch) August 15, 2017

Here are your before & after pictures of the confederate statue in Durham that was just torn down



People have had enough. Be safe#Durham pic.twitter.com/ZBr4hORdBo

— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 15, 2017

If you believe the Civil War was fought over slavery, why would you want to erase the event that helped free slaves? #Durham #confederate

— scarlettethread (@scarlettethread) August 15, 2017

Somebody please tell the white supremacists in my mentions that nobody ever got life in prison for destruction of public property.

— Jillian Johnson (@JillianDURM) August 15, 2017

Raise your hand if you think Durham & NC officials woke up relieved they didn’t have to own the decision to remove a Confederate monument pic.twitter.com/89P2xZCaBJ

— Katie (@kedixo) August 15, 2017

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1