Special Portsmouth City Council meeting called after protesters pull parts of Confederate monument down

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 17:01:37-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A special City Council meeting has been called for Thursday evening after protesters pulled parts of a Confederate monument down.

Tuesday night protesters covered the statue, coverings were removed Wednesday morning by officials and then put back up by protesters.

The Confederate monument controversy escalated Wednesday after the Portsmouth NAACP President and Vice President were arrested while covering the figures on the statue in tarps.

After about 30 minutes in jail, the men say they were released with a citation for trespassing.

Later Wednesday night protesters tore down parts of the statues and someone was injured after protesters ripped off parts of the monument on Court Street.

On Thursday morning Portsmouth officials said they will hold a special virtual City Council meeting at 5 p.m.

It will be live on the city's website here and News 3 will also be streaming it live in this story and on our Facebook page.

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