DURHAM – Trials began Monday for eight of the Radical Leftists that toppled a Confederate statue in Durham last August. The ‘activists’ spouted a lot of Marxist talking points and racist ‘Black Power’ rhetoric during and after the act, belying the notion that opposition to that the movement to remove Confederate monuments is driven by reasonable people with reasonable concerns.
“Takiyah Thompson, Elena Everett, Peter Gilbert, Raul Jimenez, Jessica Jude, Qasima Wideman, Dante Strobino, and Joseph Karlik face misdemeanor charges of defacing a public building or monument, conspiracy to deface a public building or monument and injury to real property.
Felony charges against them were dropped.
In court, the state said the statue toppling was not spontaneous but a well-orchestrated plan.
The defendants say Confederate monuments are racist.”
Why were the felony charges dropped? Because authorities in places like Durham, and many other metro areas across the state, have a habit of taking it easy on lawbreakers of the Left. It begs the question of whether or not these prosecutors sympathize with the political philosophies of the accused to the point of ignoring their duty for law and order.
Instead of facing strict consequences for their crime, these activist will where any forthcoming misdemeanor charges as a badge of honor and the soft stance on enforcing the law will only invite more activists to break the law when ever they feel offended (all the time). They will go back to the drawing board to orchestrate more plans for disruption on behalf of a radical ideology that paints all opposition as racists.