Protester who helped topple Durham statue arrested after admitting her actions at press conference

Earlier today Allahpundit posted a video of the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina. Police announced they would be bringing charges against those responsible for bringing down the statue and this evening they arrested a 22-year-old woman. From WRAL:

A North Carolina Central University student was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Monday night protest in which a Confederate statue in front of Durham County’s former courthouse was pulled down.

Takiyah Fatima Thompson, 22, was charged with participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot where property damage exceeds $1,500, both felonies, as well as damage to real property and disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, both misdemeanors.

This video is from a different angle than the one Allahpundit posted earlier. It shows Thompson climbing the ladder and placing the strap over the monument so it could be pulled down:

How did the police locate Thompson to arrest her? Once the protesters learned police were planning to make arrests, they held a press conference at the college with signs that read “Drop the charges.” Thompson spoke at the press conference admitting that she “scaled” the statue and “tied a rope around its neck.” Police attended the press conference where Thompson made this admission and, once everyone was done speaking, they arrested her.

In this clip, you’ll see a bit of Thompson’s speech before the arrest. She says, “The statue in Durham, North Carolina said ‘To the boys who wore the grey.'” She continued, “And if we understand history, we know that those boys who wore gray, today they wear blue and they wear sheets over there heads and they beat up black people and they beat up Latinx people, and they beat up queer people and that is the agenda.”

The reference to people who wear blue is apparently a reference to police. As she was arrested, some of her fellow protesters chanted, “Cops and Klan go hand in hand.”