Case dismissed against lawmaker accused of damaging monument

Case dismissed against lawmaker accused of damaging monument


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) – A judge in Virginia dismissed charges on Monday that were filed against a prominent Black state senator after police said that she and others conspired to damage a Confederate monument in the city of Portsmouth.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the charges against state Sen. Louise Lucas were dismissed at the request of the city’s top prosecutor, who said the elements of the charges were not properly met.

Portsmouth’s police department charged Lucas and several others in August with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000. The charges stemmed from a protest in June that drew hundreds of people to the city’s Confederate monument. Heads were ripped off some of the monument’s statues while one was pulled down, critically injuring a demonstrator.

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The police department had filed the charges without the cooperation of the city’s prosecutor. And Lucas’s allies viewed the case as shamelessly political. The Democrat is the state

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