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Police say protesters entered apartment building during march before toppling another Confederate statue

An elderly black man in my neighborhood told me yesterday that some of the recent protests and riots in the area reminded him of the Brown Shirts marching in old footage of the Third Reich.

Protesters tore down another Confederate statue in Richmond on Tuesday night.

The statue that stood on the Richmond Howitzers Monument, erected in 1892 to commemorate a Civil War artillery unit, was toppled from its pedestal by protesters using rope. The monument is at the intersection of Harrison Street and Grove Avenue, adjacent to VCU’s Monroe Park campus.

This is the third Confederate statue and fourth statue overall taken down during protests in recent weeks. Other statues torn down include Confederate president Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue, Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham in Monroe Park, and Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park.

Police said the statue was moved to a safe location Wednesday morning.

Earlier Tuesday night, more than 150 protesters gathered in Monroe Park before marching through the city.

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