May 24, 2016

Brief: Attorney moves to continue confederate statue removal

Confederate statue UofL

Construction of the monument's removal began on Friday.

By Kyeland Jackson —

A legal motion has been filed to continue removal of the Confederate memorial statue on U of L’s campus.

Reported by the Courier-Journal, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell filed the motion on Monday to fight a restraining order against Mayor Greg Fischer. O’Connell says the statue’s location is controlled by Louisville Metro, giving Fischer the power to remove it.

Fischer was sued by former Republican congressional candidate Everett Corley May 2. The suit called Fischer and President James Ramsey’s plans to remove the statue a “political book burning,” and sought to keep the statue in place.

Fischer and Ramsey announced the planned removal on April 29. The announcement has polarized the community, with protesters seeking to keep the statue in place and others celebrating it’s removal.

Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky Jones wrote an opinion piece on the matter, saying he and staff have worked 20 years to remove the monument from campus grounds.

A hearing on the statue is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Follow The Louisville Cardinal @thecardinalnews for live updates from the hearing.

This story will be updated. 

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