The vandals who destroyed a Confederate monument in North Carolina got off scot-free in court on both Monday and Tuesday.
Durham, N.C., Judge Frederick S. Battaglia Jr. deemed one suspect in the incident not guilty and annulled charges against two other protesters. District attorney Roger Echols announced these actions made proceeding in court with the remaining protesters irrational, reported WRAL.com.
“I do believe the evidence supported the misdemeanor charges, and we proceeded on those charges,” said Echols. “Acts of vandalism, regardless of noble intent, are still violations of law.”
But he noted that “for my office to continue to take these cases to trial based on the same evidence would be a misuse of state resources. For that reason, I will dismiss the remaining charges against the remaining defendants.”
The Durham protesters tore down the statue a day after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August.
But the nationwide initiative to remove the statues began beforehand with New Orleans’ removal of its four Confederate statues comprising a notable battleground in May 2017. (RELATED: New Orleans Uproots Third Confederate Statue In Early Morning Operation)
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