Man Who Toppled Christopher Columbus Statue Avoids Jail Time Due to ‘Restorative Justice’ Program

by Marlo Safi

A man who caused more than $150,000 in damages to a Christopher Columbus statue in St. Paul, Minnesota, is avoiding jail time due to a restorative justice program that will instead require he complete community service, CBS Minnesota reported Monday.

Michael Anthony Forcia was charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree after organizing an event to knock down the statue at the Minnesota State Capitol on June 10 amid riots and protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd roughly two weeks prior, according to CBS Minnesota.

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