Capitol Protests Statue

A statue of Han Christian Heg stands outside the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on May 11, 2023. A man who helped topple the statue of the Civil War hero and abolitionist has been sentenced to six months in jail for the damage he caused and for looting a nearby jewelry store.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who drove the car that helped pull down the statue of a Civil War hero and abolitionist outside of the Wisconsin state Capitol during a night of protests in 2020 has been sentenced to six months in jail.

The statute of Hans Christian Heg was toppled and beheaded during a protest in downtown Madison in June 2020 against police brutality. Protests began a month earlier over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and flared up again that June after Madison police arrested a Black activist.

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