Local senator in court Friday on charges stemming from Portsmouth Confederate monument protest

Posted at 8:30 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 18:37:00-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A local senator and several others have returned to court Friday morning following charges stemming from a Portsmouth Confederate monument protest.

Police Chief Angela Greene announced earlier this year that Sen. Louise Lucas, NAACP members, school board members and public defenders were among several recipients of felony warrants issued in relation to the Confederate monument protest where a man was severely injured.

After this announcement, some have called for Chief Greene to step down.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who started a petition for Sen. L. Louise Lucas after her arrest, was in Portsmouth this week asking for support.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax also was in town and was at Friday's court hearing.

Senator Lucas’ arraignment started around 8 a.m.

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