Police have released 15 images of the Colston statue

Detectives have released 15 images in Bristol of the Black Lives Matter protest, including the dismantling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston, which was docked at the port.

Avon and Somerset's police have published images of men and women, arguing that, in law, a crime - criminal damage - has occurred and that there is no other way to investigate it. The Force also said it had contacted the Crown Prosecution Service about its investigation.

This action is divisive. Some UK politicians have called for the people to throw the statue into the water and criticize the police.

But others, including Bristol Mayor Marvin Reese, have praised the police's soft-spoken attitude to this day. Reese, who claimed he could not afford criminal damage, called the attack on the statue "historical poetry."

In a statement released Monday morning, Avon and Somerset police said: "As part of our investigation of Edward, we are appealing for the public's help to determine how many people want to speak out for criminal damage to Colston."

The statue was pulled from its base at the Black Lives Matter show at 2.30pm on Sunday, June 7 and sank to Bristol Harbor. "

Det Supt Liz Hughes said: "This incident has attracted worldwide attention and does not deny that its referendum has been confirmed - but in the eyes of the law a crime has been committed and we can do so without fear or favor. We have a duty to investigate.

"We want to reassure those who are conducting a thoroughly impartial and proportionate investigation and have contacted the Crown Prosecution Service for a preliminary investigation."

Police had previously urged those involved to come forward and said they did not want to publish pictures of those who wanted to speak.

Hughes said: “There has been a large number of inquiries, both online and on social media, as well as the investigation of large-scale footage and photographs from a network of CCTV cameras in and around the city.

"As a result of those inquiries, we will leave discrete images of the 18 people we want to talk to. We have done a lot of research to find out what we hope these people get in the public domain.

"However, despite every effort to identify the survivors, we still don't know who they are, so we are now releasing images that we thought would help people."

"Some of the pictures are not as clear as we like, and some of them are wearing masks, but we believe that someone knows them and can provide us with their names."

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