Man charged during protest at Confederate monument in Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A man was charged after protesters and counter-protesters flocked to the State Capitol on Saturday to voice their opinions over Confederate monuments, WTVD reports.

Officials said the charges were filed during the “Crush Confederates at Our Capital” protest.

William Barrett Powell, 28, of Raleigh, was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault.

Following Saturday’s annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street, or HKonJ, march, the protest Powell was involved in started up at the Capitol, calling for the Confederate monuments to be removed.

“We are out here, and we’re going to keep coming back for the removal of these statues because they have a very blatantly racist history and they do not represent what we want in North Carolina,” Skye McCollum, an NC State student, said.

A small group of counter-protesters did show up, some waving Confederate flags.

Read more at WTVD. 

 

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