Sometimes justice comes at you quicker than you expect, and that is what happened to one protester who thought it was a good idea to topple another statue.
Chris Green, 45, of Portsmouth, Virginia joined with others to topple a Confederate statue that they did not like.
Rather than go to the city and the courts to have it removed they took matters into their own hands and it did not work out well, The Daily Mail reported.
Protesters rallied at the Confederate monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth after the City Council earlier that night put off decisions on potentially removing the statue.
Confederate monuments and statues have become targets for protesters, many of which believe such statues should be removed due to their association with slavery and racism.
Some people used bolt cutters and hammers to chip away at the statues while four Confederate statues were beheaded.
The mood was celebratory – a marching band even arrived with an impromptu performance – but that came to a halt when a Confederate statute yanked down with a rope suddenly fell on top of Green around 9pm, 13 News Now reports.
Green lost consciousness soon after his head was cut open. Police officers watching the protests moved in to provide medical attention before the father-of-two was rushed to a nearby hospital for life-threatening injuries.
Green flatlined two times on the way to the hospital and his wife said doctors told her “they were surprised he even made it because that thing [the statue] is so heavy.”
“I just feel like I’m in a dream right now. Like, I just need to be pinched to wake up and everything will go back to normal,” she said.
This is a tragedy and, while removing a statue on your own is a criminal act, it would be tragic if Green, or anyone, lost their life for it.
She said that she was told that her husband’s back was to the statue as it toppled which did not give him a chance to move.
“So he didn’t even see it coming, like, ‘Oh, let me move out of the way,'” she said. “And then I heard it was hard for the ambulance to even get to because of the crowds.”
Council members expressed concern about the safety of protesters near the statues because of what they had witnessed happening when they had a meeting on Wednesday before the incident.
“I watched several videos today that showed individuals climbing on the monument. If one of those had fallen off onto that new fence that is there and impaled themself and seriously injured or killed, I would believe that the city would have the lawsuit filed against us,” Councilman Nathan Clark said.
“I agree that, I’m very concerned about the vandalism. And there were even children climbing up on there. Saw one little boy that couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 years old. He was barely as tall as the fence, and he was up by one of the soldier statues and then climbing down and over the fence, and that is concerning that somebody could get hurt,” he said.
Confederate statues are a sensitive issue at this time in America but the decision to take the law into your own hands could be deadly.
The best thing to do is to fight for what you want at your town or city council meetings and, if they are to be removed, have it done professionally.