Durham Confederate statue cases delayed to 2018
Nine people charged with toppling a Confederate monument in Durham over the summer had their cases continued to 2018 during court appearances Tuesday morning.
Tuesday’s hearings were the latest is a string of appearances for 12 people charged in connection to the Aug. 14 incident but charges against three were later dropped. Eight of the cases were continued until January 11.
One protester, Ngoc Loan Tran, entered an agreement Tuesday in relation to the statue incident. She agreed to pay $1,250 in restitution, $180 in court costs and do 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors dropped felony charges against Tran, and misdemeanor charges against her will also be dropped when she finishes community service.
Takiyah Thompson, who is also charged in the case, said she will not take a deal and wants to go to trial because she is “not guilty of the charges that are being presented.”
Thompson is seen climbing the statue, but she says what she and the others did was “topple white supremacy,” which she says is not a crime.
“It was the will of the people,” Thompson said. “Because the politicians in this city and in this state have put in preemptive law to thwart the rule of the people, and that itself is a crime.”