CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on violent protests connected to a white nationalist rally in Virginia

Protesters in North Carolina have toppled a long-standing statue of a Confederate soldier.

Activists on Monday evening used a rope to pull down the monument outside a Durham courthouse. Video footage posted online shows protesters — some white, some black — kicking the crumpled bronze statue as dozens of people in the crowd cheered and chanted.

The Durham protest was in response to a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Authorities say one woman was killed Saturday after one of the white nationalists drove his car into a group of peaceful counterprotesters.

A United Daughters of the Confederacy website says the Confederate Soldiers Monument was erected in 1924.

Several hundred people are marching through the streets of an Ohio city where the man accused of running down protesters in Virginia had been living.

The anti-white supremacists rally Monday in Maumee (maw-MEE) is happening just a few miles from where James Alex Fields Jr. lived the past year.

Fields is in jail in Virginia, where he’s accused of ramming his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally Saturday, killing one person and injuring 19.

At the Monday march in Ohio, Chris Thomas of Sylvania says residents need to stand up and say that Fields doesn’t represent their community.

She says we need to stand up and say we’re all Americans and that the nation was built on diversity.

A Texas lawmaker says Texas A&M University won’t host a “white lives matter” rally on the campus next month.

Republican state Rep. John Raney said Monday that university chancellor John Sharp told him the event had been canceled due to “hate messages” on social media and police concerns of violence. The event had been scheduled for Sept. 11.

Raney made the announcement on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives just hours after lawmakers said they were working to stop the rally from taking place.

Texas A&M officials confirmed the event had been canceled.

The event was organized by a former A&M student who said he was inspired by a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

That event erupted in violence as protesters and counter protesters clashed. Police say a 20-year-old man rammed in his car into a group of the counter protesters, killing a woman and injuring at least 19.

A former teacher of the man says he idolized Adolf Hitler and was fascinated with Nazism.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is directing his administration to conduct an “extensive review” of how police prepare and respond to rallies like the one that ended with deadly violence in Charlottesville.

The Democratic governor has adamantly supported how police handled Saturday’s protests.

His office said Monday in a statement that he wants his administration to review how permits for such rallies are granted. McAuliffe also said he had directed his administration to form a commission focused on racial reconciliation. The governor said he wants “actionable recommendations” on what the state can do to promote unity and public safety.

The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville worked as a security officer in Ohio.

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. said in a statement on Monday that James Alex Fields Jr. worked for the company for two months starting in May 2016 and again from November to the present.

The company says the state of Ohio issued Fields a security officer license and that the man “performed his duties satisfactorily.”

Securitas says Fields was on previously requested vacation leave when police say he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The company says Fields’ employment has been terminated.

Fields has been charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.

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One thought on “Charlottesville Update: NC Protesters Pull Down Confederate Statue

  1. williaml on said:

    These are Democrats destroying Statues of Democrats!
    The Confederates were ALL Democrats and White supremacists ( KKK ) are Democrats.
    The KKK was Established By The Democrat Party.
    Democrats Passed the Jim Crow Laws that MLK Protested against. and the Whites that marched with MLK were Republicans.

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