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Christopher Columbus statue toppled in Baltimore, thrown into harbor

People tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it the Inner Harbor Saturday in Baltimore.

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People tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it the Inner Harbor Saturday in Baltimore.

Video recorded by Louis Krauss/The Baltimore Brew shows a group of people pulling the statue down and dumping it into the water.

Rope was seen in the water that was attached to the statue, still in the water through the 11 p.m. hour.

City Council President Brandon Scott, who is also the Democratic nominee for mayor, released a statement late Saturday night, saying: "I suggested that the last administration remove this statue when they removed the Confederate monuments. I support Baltimore's Italian-American community and Baltimore's indigenous community. I cannot, however, support Columbus."

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This comes a week after City Councilman Ryan Dorsey pushed to rename a Columbus statue in northeast Baltimore, and then other lawmakers pushed to protect and preserve Baltimore's Columbus statues.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement about this incident:

"While we welcome peaceful protests and constructive dialogue on whether and how to put certain monuments in context or move them to museums or storage through a legal process, lawlessness, vandalism, and destruction of public property are completely unacceptable," Hogan said. "That is the antithesis of democracy and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of their politics. Baltimore City leaders need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer."