On Monday night, protesters in North Carolina pulled down a Confederate statue outside the former Durham County courthouse. On Tuesday, police were busy arresting the protesters involved.

Taqiyah Thompson, 22, was arrested shortly before 5 pm following a press conference at North Carolina Central University, reports Jezebel’s Lauren Evans, and charged with two felonies — “participation in a riot with property damage over $1,500, and inciting others to riot where there is property damage over $1,500.”

“I did the right thing. Everyone who was there — the people did the right thing. The people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone. That statue is where it belongs. It needs to be in the garbage,” Thompson explained.

Speakers at the press conference called for amnesty for all involved but Durham County Sheriff Michael Andrews was having none it. “No one is getting away with this,” he said, adding that additional subpoenas were being filed.

Image credit: The House of Peasants, screen grab, YouTube

Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, in a Medium post published Tuesday, called for the North Carolina legislature to repeal the state law that currently prevents removal or relocation of monuments.

Yes, North Carolina has a law for that.

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