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RALEIGH, N.C. — Police filed charges Friday against three people accused of helping tear down a century-old Confederate statue during a protest this week at North Carolina’s flagship university. The charges came as a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors said the monument known as Silent Sam will be reinstalled on the Chapel Hill campus within 90 days, CBS Raleigh affiliate WNCN reported.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall confirmed to WNCN that three people face charges of misdemeanor riot and misdemeanor defacing of a public monument. The UNC police department said the three aren’t affiliated with the university.

The article goes on to state the following:

The suspects hadn’t been arrested as of Friday afternoon, said UNC police spokesman Randy Young, who declined to immediately release their names.

The report further notes:

University and legislative leaders have condemned the protesters’ actions as “mob rule,” demanding a hard look at the police response and a full criminal investigation. The State Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to assist.

Republican state Rep. Bob Steinburg said in an interview Friday that he felt the misdemeanor charges filed so far were insufficient.

“That’s a relative slap on the hand based on what they have done,” he said.

Steinburg said he’s worried that weak prosecution of vandals will embolden further attacks on other Confederate monuments across the state. He called law enforcement responses to Silent Sam and another statue toppling in Durham “milquetoast.”

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