The mayor of Atlanta said that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard.
Protesters stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police!”
The National Guard will stress de-escalation in confronting civil unrest.
A photograph showing Zachary Sanns' tattoos led to the investigation that uncovered the alleged crime.
Some have raised renewed concerns about his death in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests.
The National Guard was in the city to help enforce a curfew amid protests.
Currently, about 20,400 Guard troops have been activated in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
The condemnation came in an op-ed in The Washington Post, signed by 89 former defense officials.
So far, approximately 41,500 Guard troops have been activated in 32 states and D.C. to support the civil unrest response.
The National Guard helicopter crew that flew low over protesters in the nation's capital this week has been grounded.