Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

Charges against three people accused of damaging a Confederate monument torn down in Durham this summer have been dismissed. 

Alexander Caldwell, Taylor Cook, and Myles Spigner were among twelve people charged in connection with an August 14 demonstration in which a crowd, gathered in response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville the weekend before, pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood in front of the former Durham County Courthouse. The demonstration, and the vehement response from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, spawned a movement known as Defend Durham.

“It’s not surprising that these charges have been dismissed because there was no evidence these people committed any act of vandalism,” said attorney Scott Holmes, who is representing those charged.…

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