Virginia protester destroys the Confederate monument by beheading four statues before pulling one down Wednesday night at the Portsmouth Confederate monument.
The protest started by burning the flag that flew in the air with the statues they moved on to beheading the statues and spraypainting BLM on them, then tried to take them down by throwing bricks at the feet of the figure, before tying a strap to one and pulling it down by hand.
They pulled it down before all the protesters where out of the way and one man was hit in the head by the statue, knocking him out cold and leaving a cut so deep that other protesters said you could see his skull.
According to TheVirginianPilot
Demonstrators beheaded four Confederate statues before pulling one down using a tow rope Wednesday night at the Portsmouth Confederate monument as police watched.
A protester was injured as the statue fell, hitting him on the head. Louie Gibbs, vice president of the Portsmouth NAACP, said the man, who was in his 30s, lost consciousness. The man’s head was cut open, and he was transported to the hospital.
After he was injured, demonstrators stopped to offer prayers and a quiet moment of solidarity before police told them they needed to leave the area.
Efforts to tear one of the statues down began around 8:20 p.m., but the rope they were using snapped.
The crowd, frustrated by the Portsmouth City Council’s decision to put off moving the monument, switched to throwing bricks from the post that held the plaque they had pulled down as they initially worked to tumble the statue. They then started to dismantle the monument one piece at a time as a marching band played in the streets and other protesters danced.
A flag tied to the monument was lit on fire, and the flames burned briefly at the base of one of the statues.