Louis Krauss, who shared a video about the fall, said there were at least 300 people gathered at the scene.
“After it overturned, the statue broke into several pieces, which were then pulled across the square and thrown into the inner harbor,” Krauss told CNN.
The statue has been with Little Italy for more than 30 years and is the last one that has come down under protests in the past few weeks. Both masses of demonstrators and local orders have taken other tolls on Columbus, Confederate leaders and other controversial figures who represent racist parts of American history.
Baltimore City Council president Brandon Scott said in a statement that he previously proposed to remove the statue, according to WBAL.
“I support Baltimore̵
7;s Italian-American community and Baltimore’s indigenous community,” the statement said. “However, I cannot support Columbus.”
CNN contacted the Baltimore police for comment.
On Wednesday, the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia referred to his emergency powers to remove several Confederate monuments across the city, including a statue in honor of General Confederate Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Last month, a judge ordered the removal of a Confederate monument in a suburb of Atlanta.
In other parts of the country, controversial symbols have been overthrown by protesters, including a group in Portland, Oregon, which tore down a statue of George Washington last month and set its head on fire. In Richmond, Virginia, the Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederation, was torn down by crowds one day after the fall of a Columbus statue.