Judge Blocks Removal Of Robert E. Lee Statue; Lawsuit Filed Against Virginia Governor

Tuesday, June 9th 2020, 9:43 am
By: News On 6

RICHMOND, Virginia -

A lawsuit has been filed against the Governor of Virginia and another official after they announced they would be moving a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to storage.

This statue is one of many removed over the last week as equal rights protests continue across the U.S. sparked by George Floyd's death.

On Monday a statue in Indiana that was dedicated to more than 1,600 Confederate soldiers who died while being held as prisoners of war was dismantled.

It'll now be re-located to the cemetery where he's buried. Last week, the Governor announced it was coming down after 130 years.

“Yes, that statue has been there a long time. But it was wrong then. And it's wrong now,” said Governor Ralph Northam.

Supporters of the monument say they're angry over the decision and now, a lawsuit has been filed against the Governor and the Director of Virginia's Department of General Services.

A judge has issued a 10-day temporary order to stop the state from removing it.