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.
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.
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