“A statue of a slave trader which was torn down during an anti-racism protest in Bristol was “an affront”, the city’s mayor has said.

Marvin Rees said he felt no “sense of loss” after the bronze statue of Edward Colston was pulled down using ropes and thrown into the harbour on Sunday.

The statue of the prominent 17th Century slave trader has been a source of controversy in the city for years.

Avon and Somerset Police said a decision was taken not to intervene.”


This news article highlights a number of different processes and end results:

  • The process which resulted in the statue of a slave trader being placed in the city
  • The process by which people have tried to get justice for victims of racism and police brutality
  • The law enforcement process in which police officers did not intervene when the statue was taken down and thrown into the river