Durham, N.C. — Four more people were arrested and charged Thursday for vandalizing a Confederate statue earlier this week, bringing the total number of arrests to eight.
Three of the new arrests came during a morning rally where protesters dressed all in black gathered at the Durham courthouse in support of the people charged earlier in the case. Speakers at the rally said they had gathered to get the Durham County Sheriff’s Office to drop the charges and to advocate for the removal of all Confederate statues.
Authorities on Thursday morning charged Aaron Alexander Caldwell, 24, Raul Mauro Arce Jimenez, 26, and Elena Everett, 36.
On Thursday afternoon, Taylor Alexander Jun Cook, 24, surrendered to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.
Everett said that she does not have any regrets about her involvement in vandalizing the statue, despite the charges against her.
“The lawmakers in North Carolina have made it impossible to take those things down legally. Communities have the right to remove symbols of racism and white supremacy from their community,” Everett said. “I hope people all across the south look at Durham as an example.”
Other protesters tried to surrender for the destruction of the statue, the sheriff’s office said, but authorities turned them
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