RTD: A state review board has unanimously approved a plan for removing the Lee monument near downtown Richmond — with the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the horse he is riding to be cut into three sections for eventual reassembly in a different setting and historical context than on Monument Avenue.
The plan depends on court review of Gov. Ralph Northam’s authority to remove the 130-year-old monument, erected in 1890, early in the Jim Crow era of racial segregation. A Richmond judge has halted the process indefinitely to consider two legal challenges to the governor’s order on June 4 to remove a monument that had become the target of street protests over racial injustice. read more
After chiding Mayor Levar Stoney’s handling of civil unrest, a Richmond judge barred his administration from taking down any more Confederate statues in the city for 60 days.
Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo on Thursday granted an anonymous plaintiff’s request for a temporary injunction in a suit brought against Stoney Tuesday. The mayor ordered Richmond’s Confederate iconography removed beginning last week using his “emergency powers.” The statues, Stoney has said and his lawyers argued, were a threat to public safety.
Not so, Cavedo said from the bench. “Rioters” and the absence of “law and order” are threats, he said. Police had told him directly they were “being told to stand down,” he said.
“We’ve been through three police chiefs now, and I don’t see much of a difference. And who is their boss?” MORE HERE