A protester was reportedly seriously injured while pulling down a Confederate statue in Portsmouth, Virginia.
“There was a gentleman who was directly in front of the statue and when the statue finally did give way it came and fully hit him in the head,” a local Black Lives Matter representative told news reporter Brett Hall.
“You could see his skull was actually showing, he was convulsing on the ground. He lost a fair amount of blood, we’re asking everybody to pray for that man right now.”
Footage of the incident posted by one Twitter user shows the man being hit by the statue at the very end of the clip.
just to be clear, I didn’t notice the man who got hurt when posting the video until comments pointing it out, I sincerely hope he is okay!
— KAY ❣️ KAY (@kaytaniel) June 11, 2020
In another video of the aftermath, a women on the right reacts in horror while a man on the left gets straight back to pushing the statue.
It was among four statues that were part of a Confederate monument.
Efforts to tear one of the statues down began around 8.20pm, but the rope they were using snapped.
The crowd was frustrated by Portsmouth City Council’s decision to put off moving the monument.
They switched to throwing bricks from the post that held the plaque they had pulled down as they initially worked to bring down the statue.
Protesters then started to dismantle the monument one piece at a time as a marching band played in the streets and others danced.
A flag tied to the monument was set on fire, and the flames burned briefly at the base of one of the statues.
Elsewhere in Virginia, protesters toppled the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue
The statue in the former capital of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11pm.
Richmond police were on the scene and videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a crowd cheered.
The actions come amid national protests over the death of George Floyd who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake on Tuesday.
The Columbus statue was toppled less than two hours after protesters gathered in the city’s Byrd Park chanting for the statue to be taken down.
The death of Floyd, who was black, has prompted similar Confederate monument removals around the nation.
Some people say the tributes inappropriately glorify people who led a rebellion that sought to uphold slavery. Others say their removal amounts to erasing history.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam last week ordered the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which is four blocks away from where the Davis statue stood.
A judge on Monday issued an injunction preventing officials from removing the monuments for the next 10 days.
– With AP
Originally published as ‘Skull showing’: Statue crushes protester