A rioter was left In Critical Condition After a Confederate Monument in Portsmouth Virginia was Vandalized by a large crowd using sledge hammers, spray paint and ropes.

An alternative angle of the incident shows rioters in horror as their toppling of an historical American monument had possibly killed a young man.

History on the monument from Wikipedia:

TheĀ Confederate MonumentĀ inĀ Portsmouth, Virginia, was built between 1876 and 1881. It was listed on theĀ National Register of Historic PlacesĀ (NRHP) in 1997.[1]

The monument is a 35-footĀ obeliskĀ of North CarolinaĀ granite. It is located at the town square of Portsmouth, on Court Street at the corner of High Street. Also facing on the town square are theĀ Trinity Episcopal ChurchĀ dating from 1828 and theĀ Portsmouth CourthouseĀ dating from 1846, which are also NRHP-listed.[1][3]

It was erected by theĀ Ladies Memorial Aid AssociationĀ of Portsmouth, Virginia, which was founded in 1866 with one purpose “being the erection of a monument to the Confederate dead of Portsmouth andĀ Norfolk County.” The design was by topographical engineer Charles E. Cassell.[3]:8

The cornerstone was laid in 1876. Several artifacts were placed within it, including a Confederate flag; Confederate bonds, currency, and postage stamps; rosters of officers and men in two army units; a photograph of Col. James G. Hodges, commander of theĀ 14th Virginia Infantry; and an array of silver coins. The monument’s capstone was not placed until 1881, and the monument as a whole was not completed until 1893.[3]:9ā€“10

The four castĀ white bronzeĀ figures that surround the obelisk, including their heads and facial features, are largely generic.[4]:536ā€“537Ā The sailor figure, for example, also appears outside theĀ G.A.R.Ā Memorial Hall in Wabash, Indiana.

The city of Portsmouth “gave 1,242 men to the Confederacy of whom 199 were killed or died; Norfolk County gave 1,018 men to the cause of whom 280 were killed or died; and the City of Norfolk gave 1,119 of whom 176 were killed or died.”[3]:10