A crowd of protesters in Portsmouth, VA took down a Confederate monument outside of a courthouse. The statue fell on a man and seriously injured him.
Many have responded to the death of George Floyd by taking down statues and monuments that they link to racism and white supremacy.
Here is video of the statue falling on the man:
Graphic video: Watch the moment a toppled Confederate soldier statue falls on a rioter, injuring him severely. This happened tonight in Portsmouth, Va. All the statues around the monument were beheaded before this accident. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/yv5j45Fd7j
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 11, 2020
Police Chief Angela Greene spoke to the press after Wednesday night’s events, saying “it was a very unfortunate incident that should’ve never escalated to this.”
One of the protesters said you could actually see the injured man's skull:
#BREAKING: Protester critically injured after toppled Confederate statue landed on his head in Portsmouth, Virginia
“We could see that his skull was actually showing..”@BrettHNews
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 11, 2020
After the serious injury, this quickly shifted from a party-like atmosphere to a place filled with crime tape.
#BREAKING Man seriously hurt after he is hit by the falling confederate soldier statue that was pulled down by protesters. What had a party atmosphere 15 minutes ago now is filled with crime tape. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/V8fnPy7Vky
— Brett Hall (@BrettHNews) June 11, 2020
Before dispersing, the crowd gathered together to pray for the injured protester.
They pray for the injured protester and elected officials before starting to leave. pic.twitter.com/ifEoJla7B3
— Matt Jones (@jones_mattryan) June 11, 2020
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