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Statue of Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederacy, torn down in Richmond

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 10:59:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was pulled to the ground in Richmond on Wednesday evening.

CBS 6 reporters arrived on scene around 11 p.m. and reported that the statue was lying in the road at the intersection of Davis and Monument Avenue.

Police and a tow truck were on scene as of midnight.

This is the second consecutive night a statue has been pulled down in Richmond.

On Tuesday evening, a group toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond's Byrd Park and threw it into the park's lake.

No arrests have been made in either incident.

"Jefferson Davis was a racist and traitor who fled our city as his troops carried out orders to burn it to the ground. He never deserved to be up on that pedestal. July 1, we will begin the process the state requires to remove these monuments to the Old Richmond of a Lost Cause," Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said. "For the sake of public safety, I ask the community to allow us to legally contract to have the remaining ones removed professionally, to prevent any potential harm that could result from attempts to remove them without professional experience."