Edward Colston: Man, 24, Arrested for Pulling down Slave Trader Statue
Screenshot showing the Colston statue located in the middle of the Bristol harbour (this has since been updated by Google Maps)
Bristol Police say the man was arrested because of criminal damage.
Police have arrested 24-year-old man for pulling down the statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol last month.
Protesters pulled down the statue during a Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June and then put it in the River Avon (in Bristol).
The Bristol police did not arrest anyone at the protest. However, after the protest the police published 15 pictures of people at the protest and said they wanted to speak them.
The statue was in the city centre for 125 years.
After protesters pulled it down, they threw it in the water near Pero’s Bridge.
Liz Hughes from the Bristol police said on June 22, “The protest attracted a lot of attention around the world and the public have very strong opinions about it – but in the eyes of the law someone has committed a crime and we have to investigate it. We want people to know we are doing a fair investigation”.
The investigation has not finished, Bristol Police said.
Adapted from HuffPost UK
criminal damage – harming or breaking someone's property, illegally
slave trader – someone who bought and sold slaves
investigate – look into a crime
investigation – the act of looking into a crime
council – the group of people elected to govern a particular area, town, or city
in the eyes of the law – according to the law
committed a crime – broke the law
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