Reports have surfaced that a protester was so badly injured in Virginia this week that he helped a Confederate statue topple over him.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, was part of a group of demonstrators who tried to dismantle the Confederate monument in Portsmouth on Wednesday night. WAVY statement.
Protesters reportedly hit a 35-foot-tall granite square with a sledgehammer, using ropes and pulling it directly from its pedestal, knocking him unconscious.
A local organizer who witnessed the scene said the man was bleeding and his skull was hurt.
Protesters stopped praying for the man and the police told them to leave Virginia Pilot Report.
The man was taken to the hospital, where his condition is unknown, according to reports.
Demonstrators gathered at the Confederate monument on Wednesday after city lawmakers decided to delay the decision to move the structure.
The newspaper reports that the monument sits where slaves were sentenced to death on a whip.
Following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, amid protests by Black Lives Matter, cities across the country have called for the removal of Confederate monuments.