Protester Critically Injured After Confederate Statue Falls On His Head

Brittany M. Hughes | June 11, 2020
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People getting hurt isn’t funny.

That being said, here’s a story that is definitely not at all hilarious and does not, in any way, prove that if you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes. Not in the least.

It turns out a protester was critically injured in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Wednesday night as he and a mob of fellow vandals toppled a Confederate statue, just the latest in a nationwide attack on statues of Southern generals, Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln (yes, Lincoln) and…Gandhi, for some reason.

Video taken at the scene shows the crowd beating the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis before finally yanking it from its base with ropes. The man, who was in his 30s, was standing below the statue when it reportedly fell and struck him in the back of his head.

"It came and fully hit him in the head, and we could see that his skull was actually showing," the president of the Black Lives Matter 757 chapter told local NBC affiliate WAVY. "He was convulsing on the ground."

Cell phone footage from the incident shows the statue falling to the ground amid a round of cheers from the crowd, but doesn’t show the man actually being hit on the head.

Police keeping watch nearby had been told to stand down as the ground defaced and tore down the statue, but reportedly responded after the man was injured.