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A damaged nearly century-old Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Investigators are working to identify and charge protesters who toppled the Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday. The Confederate Soldiers Monument, dedicated in 1924, stood in front of an old courthouse building that serves as local government offices. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)

All felony charges were dropped against 7 people accused of toppling a Confederate statue


All felony charges against seven protesters charged with recently tearing down a Confederate statue have been dropped, according to CBS North Carolina.

CBS North Carolina on Tuesday reported that the charges stemmed from the Aug. 14 toppling of the monument in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Attorney Scott Holmes was representing the group in court that morning and asked for their cases to be continued on Dec. 5.

The judge granted a motion to continue the cases to that date, and WTVD reported Tuesday that misdemeanor charges will remain against the seven demonstrators.

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Charges had already been dropped against three of the 12 people arrested for the August incident.

Durham County’s District Attorney Roger Echols on Tuesday told CBS North Carolina that Aaron Caldwell, Taylor Cook and Myles Spigner had the charges dropped against them last week.

The three did not appear in court Tuesday but have a Dec. 5 court date coming up like the other seven protesters.

“We filed voluntary dismissals for three of the individuals charged,” Echols said Caldwell, Cook and Spigner.

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“[There is no evidence they] physically participated in taking the statue down,” he added. “[There] are related cases pending against 10 others.”

Twelve people were arrested on Aug. 14 after a woman used a ladder climb the statue of a Confederate soldier outside the old Durham County courthouse.

The woman attached a rope around the monument about 7:10 p.m. local time, and the surrounding crowd then pulled on it and the marker fell.

A man next ran up and spat on the statue, while several other people began kicking it as it lay on the ground.

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“Today we got a small taste of justice,” protester Jose Ramos said after the statue fell off its pedestal.

The Durham statue was dedicated in 1924, with the solider representing those who fought in the Civil War above an engraving reading “The Confederate States of America.”

National debate has raged over Confederate symbols after a white nationalist rally defending one example in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent earlier this year.

One person died in August when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters opposing the white nationalists, and two police also died in a helicopter crash linked to the unrest there.

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