Mayor of Bristol
The Bristol demonstration against increased police powers turned violent, resulting in officers being injured and seven arrests.
Bristol mayor says decision was not about Reid but "about taking down a statue of a London-based artist who came and put it up without permission".
The operation was carried out in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The elected mayor, who is of Jamaican heritage, said he "could not pretend" he felt "any real sense of loss" after anti-racist demonstrators pulled down the monument.