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Three Demonstrators Charged in Confederate Monument Removal

Posted by on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:58 AM

The Durham County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday arrested three people in connection with a rally and the removal of a Confederate monument on Main Street.

Dante Strobino and Ngoc Loan Tran were taken into custody by deputies during a first court appearance for Takiyah Thompson, who climbed the statue during a rally on Monday and was arrested following a press conference at N.C. Central on Tuesday afternoon. Peter Gilbert was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to a Sheriff's Office press release..

As Thompson waited for her name to be called in court, deputies began asking quietly asking people to step out into the hall.

"No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA," Strobino and Tran chanted as they were led down the hall, their hands cuffed behind them. Tran, Strobino and Gilbert have each been charged with:
  • Disorderly conduct by injury to a statue (Class II Misdemeanor)
  • Damage to real property (statue as a fixture (Class I Misdemeanor)
  • Participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class H Felony)
  • Inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class F Felony)
The Sheriff's Office says it is executing search warrants and additional arrests are expected. Sheriff Mike Andrews announced yesterday that his agency would be pursuing felony charges against those involved in Monday's rally, which was filmed by law enforcement.

"Let me be clear: no one is getting away with what happened," Andrews said Tuesday. "We will find the people responsible.”

After leaving court, Thompson gave brief remarks in front of the Durham County jail, invoking Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party.

"You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail a revolution," she said.

A Venmo account has been set up to raise money for Thompson. Donations can also be made to the Durham Solidarity Center's Bond Fund to assist with legal expenses for those charged in connection with the protest.
click to enlarge Loan Tran, left, speaks during a press conference at NCCU on Tuesday. Tran, along with another demonstrator, Dante Strobino, has been charged in connection with the removal of a Confederate monument in Durham on Monday. - SARAH WILLETS
  • Sarah Willets
  • Loan Tran, left, speaks during a press conference at NCCU on Tuesday. Tran, along with another demonstrator, Dante Strobino, has been charged in connection with the removal of a Confederate monument in Durham on Monday.
Supporters are being asked to come to the Durham County Courthouse on Dillard Street Thursday.


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