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Howitzers Monument ripped down in Richmond

Posted at 11:52 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 10:23:27-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Another monument was ripped off its pedestal in Richmond.

The Richmond Howitzers Monument, located near VCU at Park Avenue and Harrison Street, was torn down by protesters marching through the city chanting, at times, "Whose streets? Our streets.”

Concerned neighbors contacted CBS 6 to report they had called police about what was happening outside their homes, but said they never saw police arrive.

The statue, which was torn down after 11 p.m. Tuesday, remained on the ground at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The monument honored a Richmond-based National Guard Unit that fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Its demise Tuesday night was the latest in a string of monument-related vandalism.

In recent days monuments to Christopher Columbus, Jefferson Davis, and Williams Carter Wickham have been torn down in Richmond.

Police have not yet made arrests in any of the incidents.

This is a developing story.