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Former Virginia Gov. McAuliffe starts petition to show support for Sen. Lucas after arrest

Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 19, 2020

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has started a petition to show support for Sen. Lucas after her arrest over a Confederate monument protest that happened on June 10.

On Monday Police Chief Angela Greene announced that Portsmouth Sen. Louise Lucas, NAACP members, school board members and public defenders were among several felony warrants issued in relation to the Confederate monument protest where a man was severely injured. This happened after part of a statue fell on him as protesters tried to remove it.

Earlier on that same day during protests, coverings were put on the statue.

McAuliffe's website said, "Louise has always stood up for her constituents and Virginians across the Commonwealth. We can not let Louise's voice be silenced during this critical moment. Would you sign our petition and join me in standing with her?" He also posted a video on Facebook about the petition.

Additionally, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday the President of the Martin Luther King Jr., leadership committee will speak about the protest arrests. The flier said masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be mandated.