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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to take up appeals in two lawsuits that seek to prevent Gov. Ralph Northam from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Richmond boulevard. The court granted a petition of appeal from a group of Richmond residents and from a descendant of signatories to a 1890 deed that transferred the statue to the state. It was not immediately clear when the court will hear arguments. Northam announced his decision to remove the statue after George Floyd’s death last year, but his plans have been tied up in court since then. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia said Friday it will take up appeals in two lawsuits that seek to prevent Gov. Ralph Northam from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. The court granted a petition of appeal from a group of Richmond residents and from a descendant of signatories to a 1890 deed that transferred the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on to the state. It was not immediately clear how soon the court might take the matters up. Pat McSweeney, an attorney for the group of Richmond residents who live near the statue, said he was not certain when the cases might be heard. An attorney for William Gregory, the plaintiff in the second case, could not immediately be reached. Attorney General Mark Herring, who is representing Northam in court, has previously sought to...
              State Attorney General Mark Herring filed papers with the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday formally asking the body to reject an appeal that seeks to keep the controversial Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond from being removed. The appeal was filed with the high court Monday on behalf of the plaintiffs, a group of Richmond residents living near the monument who have been challenging Governor Ralph Northam’s authority to remove the statute in court since summer. “It is time for this obstruction to end,” Herring said in a statement. “The courts have carefully considered all the claims and arguments and found that removal of the Lee statue is lawful, and in my opinion, a necessary step as we seek to move forward as a united Commonwealth.” Specifically, Herring filed a brief in opposition to the plaintiffs’ appeal in which he urges the court...
    Virginia’s Department of General Services has announced it will erect fencing around Richmond’s statue of Robert E. Lee, which became nationally recognizable last summer as protesters graffitied the statue and its base. Although the majority of Confederate statues have been removed from the city’s Monument Avenue, the Lee statue, the only one on state land, has remained amid a protracted legal battle. The state agency said the barriers are temporary and meant to ensure the safety of locals and workers as the court fight over the statue plays out. “As we await the resolution of legal challenges that have delayed the statue’s removal, DGS wants to be prepared to act quickly upon a final determination,” the agency said in a news release, according to The Associated Press. “The fencing is not intended to be permanent.” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced the state would remove the statue in the wake of...
    A political rally on Sunday led to confrontations between Trump supporters and protesters at a Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia, according to reports. Police said the mobile political rally, which dubbed itself as a “Trump Train,” entered Richmond on Sunday afternoon. Police said there was a confrontation as the rally passed the statue at Monument and Allen avenues. "Some of the vehicles left the roadway and crossed grassy medians near the area," according to Richmond police. PORTLAND ANTI-CAPITALISM PROTEST DECLARED RIOT AFTER WINDOWS SMASHED, COPS TARGETED The afternoon sun illuminates the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave in Richmond, Va., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Protesters attempted to block the convoy as it tried to round the monument, and tensions escalated when the vehicles came to a stop, reports said. Some of the demonstrators were aggressive toward the drivers and their vehicles, according to the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. A...
    (CNN)Richmond Police Department officials responded to multiple incidents Sunday afternoon during a "Trump Train" mobile vehicle rally, according to a press release from the police department. The rally originated in Henrico County before driving to the Lee Circle in Richmond, the release said.Police were called after receiving a report of a person being pepper sprayed and gunfire striking a car, according to the release. FBI investigating alleged harassment of Biden campaign bus by Trump supporters "Some of the vehicles left the roadway and crossed grassy medians near the area," the release said.An adult female reported being pepper sprayed by an unknown person in a vehicle, according to the release.Read MorePolice responded to the assault to investigate and cleared the area, the release said. Officers also responded to a report of an unoccupied vehicle being struck by gunfire, officials said in the release.No other injuries were reported and police are asking...
    A judge in Virginia ruled this week that Gov. Ralph Northam (D) can take down a controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has stood in Richmond for more than a century. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant handed down the ruling on Tuesday, marking a turning point in months-long legal battle between the state and a group of local residents that began shortly after he ordered the statue’s removal in late spring. However, the judge has temporarily prohibited the statue’s removal pending appeal from the plaintiffs, who have up to a month to file a notice of appeal. Northam praised the ruling in a statement on Tuesday afternoon and said the move was a “step closer to a more inclusive, equitable, and honest Virginia.” “The Lee monument was built to celebrate the Confederacy and uphold white supremacy. This victory moves Virginia forward in removing this relic of the...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond’s massive statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee will stay in place in the former capital of the Confederacy at least a while longer while a lawsuit over the governor’s plans to remove it plays out. A judge on Tuesday issued a ruling that favors Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who announced plans to take down the behemoth in June after the death of George Floyd. But the judge suspended his order pending the resolution of an appeal. The lawsuit was brought by a group of Richmond residents who live near the statue. Reached by phone, one of their attorneys, Patrick McSweeney, said he had already spoken with his clients, and they would appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Floyd’s death sparked a renewed wave of Confederate monument removals across the U.S., as did a violent 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and a mass shooting...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond’s massive statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee will stay in place in the former capital of the Confederacy at least a while longer while a lawsuit over the governor’s plans to remove it plays out. A judge on Tuesday issued a ruling that favors Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who announced plans to take down the behemoth in June after the death of George Floyd. But the judge suspended his order pending the resolution of an appeal. The lawsuit was brought by a group of Richmond residents who live near the statue. Reached by phone, one of their attorneys, Patrick McSweeney, said he had already spoken with his clients, and they would appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Floyd’s death sparked a renewed wave of Confederate monument removals across the U.S., as did a violent 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and a mass shooting...
              The trial over a lawsuit aiming to stop Governor Ralph Northam from removing the statue of former Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee began Monday morning in Richmond. After the death of George Floyd, the Lee monument and other Confederate statues throughout the city became a focal point of the summer protests over racial inequality and police brutality in Richmond. The plaintiffs in the case are Helen Marie Taylor, a veteran neighborhood activist, and other residents that live near the monument, who originally filed suit against the governor after he ordered the statue be removed in June. They argue that removal of the statue would violate restrictive conditions of a resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 1889 that transferred the deed of the statue, its pedestal and the land it sits to the state. Helen Marie Taylor of Monument Ave. is brought to...
    A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will remain standing in Richmond, Virginia, until at least October, The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports. A judge set a trial date of Oct. 19, which is when a group of residents will duke it out with  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in a court room over whether the statue should stay in place or be removed. In July, a state board unanimously voted to remove the 11-ton bronze statue erected in 1890. The vote came after Northam called for the monument to be removed in June.  As people protest and call for racial justice, the statue has been vandalized. Across the country, statues of Confederate soldiers and leaders have been removed from public display. Upon the decision to remove the statue, a group of residents challenged the decision. On Tuesday, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant issued a seven-page ruling allowing the suit...
    A prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond will remain in place until at least October after a judge on Tuesday set a trial date for a lawsuit filed by residents to block the Virginia governor's efforts to take it down. In July, a state board voted unanimously to remove the 11-ton bronze statue erected in 1890, which has recently become a target of vandalism and graffiti amid nationwide protests against racial injustice. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant issued a seven-page ruling Tuesday allowing a suit against that move to proceed and scheduling a trial over the dispute for Oct. 19, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring had filed a motion to dismiss the suit and plans to continue to support Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in his efforts to remove the statue from state-owned land on Monument Avenue, Herring spokeswoman Charlotte Gomer told the Richmond paper. "Attorney General Herring...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man discovered with an assault rifle, a handgun and body armor following a confrontation with protestors at the Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia’s capital has been charged with a federal firearms violation. Matthew Lee Frezza, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Tuesday to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement. Prosecutors said Richmond Police officers spotted “a caravan” of three trucks driving recklessly near the Robert E. Lee Monument on June 12 and pulled one of the trucks over. Officers saw Frezza in the front passenger seat of the truck, as well as two other occupants who were all armed with guns, including assault rifles. Police found a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, a homemade assault-style rifle and eight clips or magazines of ammunition on...
    By DENISE LAVOIE and SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When the bronze equestrian statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by rail in Richmond from Paris in 1890, it took 10,000 men, women and children to haul its pieces more than a mile to the site where the towering monument was erected as a tribute to a Confederate hero. Now, 130 years later, conservation experts who plan to relocate, yet preserve, the statue face the intricate logistics of disassembling and transporting it to a storage facility. They must also ensure worker safety amid heated public debate over whether the statue is an important piece of Southern heritage or a symbol of white supremacy and racism. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the 13-ton (12-metric ton) sculpture in June, after the death of George Floyd sparked a nationwide protest movement over racial inequality and police brutality....
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday will weigh whether to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia’s Democratic governor from removing one of the most prominent tributes to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant will hear arguments on the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is being brought by a group of property owners along the prestigious residential street where the statue is located. If Marchant does not toss the case, a trial is expected in October. The statue, erected in 1890, is a one-of-a-kind piece by internationally renowned French sculptor Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie and is considered a “masterpiece,” according to its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, where it has been listed since 2007. It sits in the middle of a traffic circle, a grassy island of state-owned land. Gov....
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday will weigh whether to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia's Democratic governor from removing one of the most prominent tributes to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant will hear arguments on the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is being brought by a group of property owners along the prestigious residential street where the statue is located. If Marchant does not toss the case, a trial is expected in October. The statue, erected in 1890, is a one-of-a-kind piece by internationally renowned French sculptor Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercie and is considered a “masterpiece,” according to its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, where it has been listed since 2007. It sits in the middle of a traffic circle, a grassy...
    A judge issued an injunction on Monday that blocks Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from state property in Richmond for another 90 days. According to The Associated Press, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant dismissed a lawsuit filed by a descendant of someone who signed the 1890 deed that transferred ownership of the statue to the state, but he also forbade the state from taking the statue down. “Plaintiff William C. Gregory, the great-grandson of land donors, had argued the state agreed to ‘faithfully guard’ and ‘affectionately protect’ the statue on historic Monument Avenue that is among the most prominent Confederate tributes in the U.S.,” the AP reported. The order read in part: Therefore, for all the reasons set forth in this Court’s Letter Opinion of August 3, 2020, which is incorporated herein by reference, the Defendants and their...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state’s capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction bars Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue of Lee on a prominent Richmond avenue while claims in a lawsuit filed by local property owners are litigated. Now covered in graffiti, the Lee monument has become a focal point and gathering spot amid Richmond’s sustained anti-racist protests since the police custody death in Minnesota of a Black man, George Floyd. Northam announced plans in June to remove the statue, citing the pain felt around the nation by Floyd’s killing. Floyd’s death sparked a renewed wave of Confederate monument removals across the U.S., just like a...
    Washington (CNN)A Virginia judge temporarily blocked an attempt to remove a monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond on Monday.Judge William R. Marchant of the Richmond Circuit Court prevented an effort to pull down the statue for 90 days while a lawsuit over whether doing so would violate a 19th century agreement is litigated. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs say removing the monument would violate a 1890 deed, in which Virginia, having been transferred the land on which the statue sits, agreed to "faithfully guard and affectionately protect it." They also argue that removing the monument could result in the area losing its national historic landmark designation, a "loss of a priceless work of art," and would lead to "loss of favorable tax treatment and reduction in property values." The plaintiffs include several owners of property in or near Monument Avenue in Richmond.Marchant also dismissed a different lawsuit...
    RICHMOND, VA – JULY 28: A Hologram of George Floyd is projected over the Robert E Lee Statue on July 28, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Members of Floyd’s family came to Richmond, Virginia to unveil The George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project to the public. (Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images) A white woman was shooed away by protesters at the site of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia after yelling the N-word. The unidentified woman, who was caught on camera, was at the site to seemingly stage her own one-woman protest that the statue has been defaced and is going to ultimately come down. She was there on the day of a planned hologram tribute to George Floyd that took place later that night. (Credit: screenshot) Read More: Hologram of George Floyd to tour Southern states She told the person recording “This is my city,”...
    (CNN)A statue of Robert E. Lee has stood in historic city of Richmond, Virginia, for over a century. But on Tuesday night, the focus will not be on the Confederate general, but instead George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of police. Starting at 9:30 p.m. ET, a hologram of Floyd will light up the statue on Monument Avenue, which has since been covered in spray paint with phrases like "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop White Supremacy" following the widespread protests demanding racial equality. The area in which the statue sits was named unofficially named by protesters as the Marcus David Peters Circle, a reference to the Black biology teacher who was killed by police while experiencing a "mental health crisis," according to CNN affiliate WHSV. "A Monumental Change: The George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project" was created by Change.org and the George Floyd Foundation. Floyd's family was...
    One of two cases blocking the removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, has been dismissed by a judge. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson has denied a request for a preliminary injunction to stop the removal of the Lee statue on Monument Avenue and dismissed the lawsuit completely. William Davis filed the case in June seeking to stop Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and any future governors from removing the statue. The judge in his opinion stated that Davis did not establish standing in the case. He said that the plaintiff must show that his injury will be “fairly traceable” to the de-listing of the Lee statue from the National Register. In response to the lawsuit, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office stated that he is committed to ensuring that the statue is removed. Work to remove the Confederate memorials in the former capital of...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys will be back in court Thursday for a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to remove a giant Confederate statue in Virginia’s capital city. State Attorney Gen. Mark Herring has asked the court to dissolve an existing injunction that has prevented the removal of the bronze equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. The injunction was issued in a lawsuit filed by William C. Gregory, who is described in his complaint as the great-grandson of two signatories to a 1890 deed that transferred the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on to the state. His lawsuit argues the state agreed to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately protect” them. Herring has argued in court papers that Northam has the clear authority to remove the statue and that Gregory is seeking to exercise “a heckler’s veto.” His office...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys will be back in court Thursday for a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to remove a giant Confederate statue in Virginia’s capital city. State Attorney Gen. Mark Herring has asked the court to dissolve an existing injunction that has prevented the removal of the bronze equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue. The injunction was issued in a lawsuit filed by William C. Gregory, who is described in his complaint as the great-grandson of two signatories to a 1890 deed that transferred the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on to the state. His lawsuit argues the state agreed to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately protect” them. Herring has argued in court papers that Northam has the clear authority to remove the statue and that Gregory is seeking to exercise “a heckler’s veto.” His office...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys will be back in court Thursday for a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to remove a giant Confederate statue in Virginia's capital city. State Attorney Gen. Mark Herring has asked the court to dissolve an existing injunction that has prevented the removal of the bronze equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's historic Monument Avenue. The injunction was issued in a lawsuit filed by William C. Gregory, who is described in his complaint as the great-grandson of two signatories to a 1890 deed that transferred the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on to the state. His lawsuit argues the state agreed to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately protect” them. Herring has argued in court papers that Northam has the clear authority to remove the statue and that Gregory is seeking to exercise...
    Police arrested six people, including a minor, following a night of clashes with protestors at a Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia’s capital Friday. The six — five white adults and a black, male juvenile — are all facing charges, Richmond police said Saturday in a news release. All live in Richmond. The minor is f acing a felony charge of assault on a police officer with a paintball gun, as well as charges of obstruction of justice and unlawful assembly during demonstrations at the Lee monument. The adults, between all the ages of 27 and 30, are facing various misdemeanor charges, the statement said. The latest clashes with police at the monument, which has become a flashpoint for groups demonstrating against racial injustice and police brutality, took place late Friday night as officers tried to clear the scene.
    (CNN)Police arrested six people Friday night at a protest near the Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia's capital, after some people fired paintballs and threw things at officers trying to disperse the gathering, authorities said.The protest, a mile from downtown Richmond, was the latest in a string of daily gatherings near the monument, where people have been demonstrating against police brutality and racial injustice, CNN affiliate WTVR reported.The presence of the Confederate general's statue also has been a source of tension, with some people urging its removal and some people suing to keep it. Honoring the unforgivable Richmond police and Virginia state troopers said they arrived at the monument around 10 p.m. to disperse a crowd of about 75 to 100 people because the monument's park is closed after sunset. Although some protesters then left, some remained, and a person or people fired paintballs, hitting four officers and one trooper,...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond police say six people were were arrested during the latest round of late-night protests at the Robert E. Lee monument grounds in Virginia's capital city. Police announced that an unlawful assembly had been declared at 10:25 p.m. Friday night after an officer was shot by a paintball, the department said in a news release Saturday morning. Several other officers were subsequently shot by paintballs and struck by other hard objects, according to the department, which said one of those officers was treated at a hospital for a possible head injury or concussion. Police said one officer deployed pepper spray, but no tear gas was used. The conflict marked the fifth time this week authorities have declared an unlawful assembly in Richmond and ordered crowds of demonstrators to disperse, according to the Times-Dispatch. The Lee monument has become a rallying point during weeks of sustained protests...
    On June 18, a judge extended an injunction barring the removal of the Confederate general’s statue, stating that “the monument is the property of the people,” not the state of Virginia, which seeks its removal. In early June Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to dismantle the prominent Lee statue in Richmond, the state capital, following sustained, nationwide protests over police brutality and racism. That plan was blocked by a 10-day court injunction – now extended through late July – based on the petition of a man whose ancestor, Otway Allen, gave Virginia the land the the sculpture sits on. In his petition, William C. Gregory claimed that dismantling the Lee statue would violate the conditions of his great-grandfather’s 1890 land deed, which says Virginia “will faithfully guard it and affectionately protect it.” Richmond isn’t the only Virginia city where a centuries-old land deed is a legal hurdle in removing...
    RICHMOND, Virginia -- A judge on Thursday indefinitely extended an injunction preventing the Virginia governor from removing a historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's famed Monument Avenue.Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo made the decision after hearing from attorneys for the state and for the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Gov Ralph Northam. Earlier this month, Cavedo had issued a 10-day injunction barring Northam from taking down the bronze equestrian statue of the Confederate hero.Cavedo said the monument "is the property of the people of the Commonwealth" of Virginia, but said he would give the plaintiff, William C. Gregory, another 21 days to refile a new complaint expanding on his concerns about removing it. Gregory and his attorney declined to comment as they left the courtroom.State Attorney General Mark Herring objected to the ruling, saying it was giving Gregory a "third bite of the apple." And...
    RICHMOND, Va. – A judge on Thursday indefinitely extended an injunction preventing the Virginia governor from removing a historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo made the decision after hearing from attorneys for the state and for the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Gov Ralph Northam. He gave the plantiff another 21 days to refile a new complaint. The 12-ton (11 metric-ton), 21-foot-tall (6.4-meter-tall) statue has stood in a prominent spot along Monument Avenue since 1890. Northam, a Democrat, recently ordered its removal earlier this month, citing the pain gripping the country over the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck. Floyd’s death has sparked global protests that participants have vowed to turn into a sustained movement focused on...
    A concrete wall was installed Wednesday morning around a confederate statue in Virginia that’s set for removal.  A video obtained by reporters showed workers creating a barrier with 3-foot-tall concrete blocks around a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, according to the Associated Press. Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said June 4 that he was ordering the removal of the statue, which is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (RELATED: US Army Is Now Considering Renaming Federal Bases That Honor Confederate Leaders) Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo granted an injunction June 8 blocking the monument’s removal. A lawsuit opposing the move was filed Monday by six landowners on Monument Avenue who said that the move would hurt their property values, the Associated Press reported. The wall was put up “to protect the safety of everyone speaking out to make their voices heard as well as the structure itself,”...
    Washington (CNN)As Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union troops prepared to march into Richmond in the final days of the Civil War in 1865, the president of the Confederate States of America fled the capital city. On Wednesday, 155 years after his retreat, Jefferson Davis was forcefully removed from Richmond once again -- this time it was protesters who defaced and then toppled the statue at his monument along the city's grand Monument Avenue. The recent demonstrations against four Confederate monuments in Richmond are an extension of the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Their result is a remarkably swift change to a city that has held on tightly to a skewed view of its own history. Statues of two Confederate generals on the historic Monument Avenue will soon be taken down by the city of Richmond, and last week, Virginia Gov....
    RICHMOND, Va. — On a rainy Thursday evening in Richmond, Va., a 47-year-old man dressed in dark jeans and a black T-shirt with a white skull on the back knelt on the wet green grass on Monument Avenue and cried. In front of him was the famed Robert E. Lee statue. The commander of the Confederate States Army had been immortalized in bronze riding a horse and had been in that exact same spot since May 28, 1890. According to local legend, it took 10,000 people to pull four wagons filled with pieces of the 60-foot statue to its resting place on the tree-lined street. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES REMOVEL OF ROBERT E. LEE STATUE IN RICHMOND  Lee's statue, the first that went up on Monument Avenue, was supposed to be a strong historical symbol of the South's past but, over the decades, it has only deepened the racial divide in the former capital...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said on Tuesday that he and his administration would continue to fight to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on state land in Richmond after a judge stopped the statue’s removal. At a briefing, Northam called the statue “a monument for divisiveness that needs to come down” and that “we are on very solid legal ground” to remove the statue. A judge in Richmond granted a 10-day injunction sought by Virginia resident William C. Gregory, saying there is a likelihood of “irreparable harm” to the statue if it is removed. In his complaint filed Monday, Gregory argues that removal of the statue violates an 1890 deed, in which Virginia, having been transferred the land the statue sits on, agreed to “faithfully guard and affectionately protect it.” Gregory is identified as the great-grandson of two parties and signatories to the deed. Northam’s counsel,...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A judge in Richmond has issued an injunction preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee for the next 10 days. The temporary injunction order issued Monday says the state is a party to a deed recorded in March 1890 whereby it accepted the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on and agreed to “faithfully guard and affectionately protect” them. Northam last week ordered the statue of Lee taken down, citing the pain felt across the country over the death of George Floyd áin Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Richmond, Virginia — A judge in Richmond has issued an injunction preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from removing an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee for 10 days. The temporary injunction order issued Monday says the state is a party to a deed recorded in March 1890 in which it accepted the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on and agreed to "faithfully guard" and "affectionately protect" them. It is in the public interest to await resolution of the case on the merits prior to removal of the statue, the order says. A lawsuit was filed by William C. Gregory, who is described in the complaint as a descendant of two signatories to the deed. Named as defendants are Northam and the director of the Department of General Services, the agency tasked with handling the removal. "(Gregory's) family has taken pride for 130 years in...
    A statue of a Confederate general in Richmond, Virginia, was torn down late Saturday by protesters, just days after Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) announced he would remove a different Confederate statue in the state capital. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that most protesters had left the area by the time the statue was toppled, but a few “using ropes pulled down a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham, which has stood in the park since 1891.” After the statue was brought down, one protester reportedly urinated on it before running away. The statue was in Monroe Park, which is home to a second statue honoring Confederate officers. The other statue, “dedicated to Gen. Fitzhugh Lee for his service in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War,” the Times-Dispatch reported, is still standing. The Wickham statue has been on protesters’ radar for years, the outlet reported. In 2017, Wickham’s great-great-great-grandchildren asked...
    The statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham lies on the ground after protesters pulled it down Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Monroe Park in Richmond, Va. The statue had stood in the park since 1891. (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A small group of demonstrators toppled a statue of a Confederate general in the former capital of the Confederacy late Saturday, following a day of largely peaceful protests in the Virginia city. The statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park, a Richmond police spokeswoman said. She said she did not know if there were any arrests or damage done to the statue. A rope had been tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, adding that someone urinated on the statue after it was pulled down. Photos and video from the...
    RICHMOND, Va. — A small group of demonstrators toppled a statue of a Confederate general in the the former capital of the Confederacy late Saturday, following a day of largely peaceful protests in the Virginia city. The statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park, a Richmond police spokeswoman said. She said she did not know if there were any arrests or damage done to the statue. A rope had been tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, adding that someone urinated on the statue after it was pulled down. Photos and video from the newspaper showed the what appeared to be red paint splashed or sprayed on the statue. TOP STORIES Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history MSNBC seeks $333k after defeating defamation suit filed over reporting of pro-Trump network OAN Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial...
    RICHMOND, Va. — A small group of demonstrators toppled a statue of a Confederate general in the the former capital of the Confederacy late Saturday, following a day of largely peaceful protests in the Virginia city. The statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park, a Richmond police spokeswoman said. She said she did not know if there were any arrests or damage done to the statue. A rope had been tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, adding that someone urinated on the statue after it was pulled down. Photos and video from the newspaper showed the what appeared to be red paint splashed or sprayed on the statue. MARINE CORPS BANS DISPLAY OF CONFEDERATE FLAG In 2017, some of Wickham’s descendants urged the city to remove the statue. Confederate monuments are a major flashpoint in Virginia and...
    Invoking Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s own words, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that the statue of Lee would be removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond. “Lee himself didn’t want a monument,” Northam said, quoting Lee’s words “I think it wise not to keep open the sores of war.” “In Virginia, we no longer practice a false version of history,” Northam said, ordering the ststue removed “as soon as possible.” The Lee statue is one of five Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue, a prestigious residential street and National Historic Landmark district in Virginia’s capital. Monuments along the avenue have been rallying points during protests in recent days over Floyd’s death, and they have been tagged with graffiti, including messages that say “end police brutality” and “stop white supremacy.” “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, introducing Northam. “It’s time to put an end to the Lost Cause...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce Thursday that the state will remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue. Northam, a Democrat, plans to have the statute moved off its massive pedestal and placed in storage while his administration seeks input on a new location, The Associated Press reported. The move by Northam comes amid turmoil across the nation and around the world over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25 after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes in moments captured on cellphone footage. Floyd’s death has sparked protests and outrage over issues of racism and police brutality and prompted renewed calls for the removal of Confederate memorials across the country. MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER FACES UPGRADED MURDER CHARGE IN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH  The statue in Richmond -- the former capital of...
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