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Man charged with assault during Confederate monument protest in Raleigh

Posted February 9, 2019 6:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2019 6:36 p.m. EST

— One man is facing assault charges after a protest over Confederate monuments at the State Capitol.

William Barrett Powell, 28, of 533 New Bern Avenue, was charged with simple assault and injury to personal property.

The charges came during Saturday afternoon’s “Crush Confederates at Our Capital” protest.

Across the state, Confederate statues have been causing tension, from the toppling of “Silent Sam” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the state’s decision to keep three monuments on Capitol grounds.

“We are out here and we are going to keep coming back and calling for the removal of these statues, because they have a very blatantly racist history and they do not represent what we want North Carolina to represent,” protester Skye McCollum said.

Protest organizers said they chose to hold the protest Saturday because of other high-profile events that were already drawing people to downtown Raleigh.