Judge blocks re­moval of more Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues in Rich­mond

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

RICH­MOND, Va. — A judge is­sued a 60day in­junc­tion Thurs­day bar­ring the city of Rich­mond from re­mov­ing any more Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments, a pro­cess that be­gan last week af­ter Mayor Le­var Stoney or­dered the stat­ues cleared away amid weeks of protests over po­lice bru­tal­ity and racism.

Rich­mond Cir­cuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo is­sued the de­ci­sion af­ter a hear­ing in a law­suit filed Tues­day by an un­named plain­tiff, lo­cal me­dia re­ported. The law­suit asked for an in­junc­tion to halt the re­moval of the stat­ues and al­leged that Stoney vi­o­lated state law by or­der­ing their im­me­di­ate re­moval.

“We dis­agree. We’re dis­ap­pointed. We did the right thing,” Jim Nolan, Stoney’s spokesman, said in a state­ment.

Also Thurs­day, Nolan said that fam­ily mem­bers of ten­nis leg­end Arthur Ashe have re­quested that his statue be re­moved from Rich­mond’s pres­ti­gious Mon­u­ment Av­enue.

“Ashe fam­ily mem­bers made the re­quest dur­ing the re­cent pe­riod of civil un­rest. The mat­ter is still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion and we con­tinue to have dis­cus­sions with the fam­ily re­gard­ing their wishes,” he said in a state­ment.

STEVE HELBER/AP

Crews on Wed­nes­day work to re­move the Con­fed­er­ate Sol­diers & Sailors Mon­u­ment in Libby Hill Park in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia.

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