Wake man charged in toppling of State Capitol Confederate statues
A man involved in recent protests over police tactics who recently presented a list of demands to Raleigh's police chief was charged Monday with inciting a riot in connection with the Friday night protest at the State Capitol in which parts of a Confederate monument were pulled down and later dragged through downtown streets.Posted — Updated
Conrad Paul James, 27, also is charged with first-degree trespass, resisting an officer and injury to personal property, according to arrest warrants. Some of the charges were related to James' actions at the Capitol on Sunday night, authorities said.
"According to the arresting officer, last night, the suspect jumped the fence around the Three Presidents monument in Union Square and failed to go back to the other side of the fence after being told to do so several times,” State Capitol Police Chief Chip Hawley said in a statement. “The arresting officer reported that, after being placed under arrest, the suspect began to resist, kicking violently at the officer and the officer’s patrol vehicle, causing damage to it. Further investigation concluded the suspect was also a suspect in the events involving the monuments at the capitol Friday night.”
James was being held in the Wake County jail under $55,000 bond.
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