Photos and Videos Show Jefferson Davis Statue Torn Down in Richmond, Virginia

Amid ongoing outrage over the death of George Floyd, several videos and images of a Jefferson Davis statue knocked down by protesters in Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, have been shared on social media.

The statue of the former president of the Confederate States, which stood on Monument Avenue, was reported to have been toppled around 11 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

A large crowd formed at the scene and cheered as Richmond police towed the statue away, Richmond's NBC12 reports. Several users on Twitter shared footage of the fallen statue in praise of its collapse.

"Statue of Jefferson Davis down in Richmond! No one should be upset by this. Our state motto is *literally* "sic semper tyrannis." It means bad things eventually befall tyrants. Davis had it coming & so do those who still support the confederacy today," wrote @ReedHowardVA.

"Jefferson Davis was a traitor. His statue was pulled down 155 years too late. But at least it's now down," wrote @GregCampNC.

"Its barely comprehensible to have statues of people like Robert E Lee up, but Jefferson Davis was one of the absolute worst members of the confederacy, on top of being its literal president. This is directly equivalent to having a Hitler statue," noted @MatthewZich.

"The white supremacists defaced public property in 1907 with a statue of Jefferson Davis, and some community volunteers cleaned it up today," wrote @skroobler.

User @juliactempleton noted: "They [statues of Confederate leaders] were put up as a political statement to teach black people the 'right' history of white supremacy. TEAR THEM ALL DOWN. No one will forget Jefferson Davis just b/c [because] there isn't a statue."

Also on Wednesday, four statues forming part of a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, around 80 miles outside Richmond, were behead and pulled down.

Protesters began tearing one of the statues down around 8:20 p.m. local time using a rope, which later snapped, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

The crowd was then said to have thrown bricks at the monument before starting to dismantle it piece by piece, while a marching band played and other protesters danced, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

On Tuesday, a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Richmond was torn down by protesters at Byrd Park following a demonstration. The monument was spray-painted and set on fire before being thrown into a lake, NBC12 reported.

A statue of Confederate leader Williams Carter Wickham in Richmond's Monroe Park was torn down on Saturday. The monument's now-empty pedestal was scattered with Black Lives Matter slogans, NBC12 reported.

On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appeal to Congress for the removal of 11 statues representing Confederate leaders and soldiers from the Civil War on display at the U.S. Capitol.

"The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who chairs the Joint Committee on the Library, and vice-chairperson of the committee California Rep. Zoe Lofgren.

"Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to those ideals. Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed," the letter said.

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A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia pictured on September 15, 2017. Getty Images
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