Protesters topple statues of confederate leaders and slave owners

President Donald Trump issued an executive order protecting such landmarks throughout the U.S. just hours before many were targeted.
1:44 | 06/28/20

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We move on now to the showdowns across America. Protesters toppling statues and monuments of confederate leaders and slave owners. Six people arrested after clashing with police in front of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. Here's ABC's Andrew dymburt. Reporter: Tonight, tensions mounting over monuments. In Richmond, Virginia, demonstrations taking a dangerous turn just before midnight Friday, attempting to topple this statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee. Police releasing this body camera footage, saying protesters fired paint balls and threw projectiles at officers. President trump overnight signing an executive order instructing the justice department to enforce existing law, saying anyone who tried to remove or deface a monument will be arrested, tweeting, "These people will be brought to justice." The order singles out "Left-wing extremists," but recent intelligence bulletins by the FBI and department of homeland security also warn against violence from far right, white supremacist and anarchist groups. As statues tumble, the president trump making it clear removing memorials of presidents here in the nation's capital is, quote, not going to happen. They're looking at George Washington. They're looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen. Not going to happen. Not as long as I'm here. Reporter: Near capitol hill, there is a push to remove this statue depicting president Lincoln standing over a freed slave. Some want it gone, calling it demeaning, others point out that freed black Americans paid for it. And there is a delegation that represents Washington, D.C. In congress and they are actively trying to remove some of these statues. Tom? All right, Andrew, thank you.

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