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Sen. Louise Lucas, others charged in Portsmouth Confederate monument incident

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 14:34:41-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A press conference was held in reference to incidents that happened at the Confederate monument in the city on June 10.

Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene announced on Monday that Portsmouth Sen. Louise Lucas, NAACP members, school board members and public defenders were among several felony warrants issued in relation to the June Confederate monument protest.

The Portsmouth Police Department is still trying to identify 13 other individuals associated with the incident. They are pictured above. Detectives are also asking for anyone who may have video footage from during the incident to please share those videos with the Portsmouth Police Department by clicking here.

During the June 10 incident, 45-year-old Christopher Lawrence Greenwas severely injured after protesters ripped off parts of the monument on Court Street.

Earlier in the day, protesters were seen covering parts of the monument and the Portsmouth NAACP President and Vice President were arrested in the afternoon for "trespassing."

There was confusion between Portsmouth officials that week after the coverings were put on the statue and that confusion lead to Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe's letter to City Council outlining what he called "false statements" made by Senator Louise Lucas. Rowe said he viewed body camera videos from officers who were at the Confederate Monument protest on Court Street the afternoon of June 10. He said the videos showed the moments leading up to the monument being spray painted just after 2 p.m. Mayor Rowe claimed that Sen. Lucas said in the videos that she had talked with him about what was going on at the monument and suggested that he had given authority to the "actions which followed."

Sen. Lucas responded by saying she had not spoken with Mayor Rowe about this situation adding, "He was on the phone with Vice Mayor Lisa Lucas-Burke when I was on the phone with Dr. Lydia Patton. I was inquiring about the NAACP Officers being arrested and she told me that no one was going to be arrested."

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe weighed in on Sen. Lucas' charges saying, "Louise Lucas is a trailblazing public servant who isn’t afraid to do and say what she believes is right. Her opposition to a racist monument is the definition of what John Lewis called “good trouble”. I stand with my good friend."

Governor Northam responded to Sen. Lucas' charges tweeting, "It's deeply troubling that on the verge of Virginia passing long-overdue police reform, the first Black woman to serve as our Senate Pro Tempore is suddenly facing highly unusual charges. Sen. Lucas, I look forward to seeing you in Richmond tomorrow—so we can get to work."

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus says they strongly condemn the "suspiciously timed and seemingly retaliatory actions" by the Portsmouth Police against Senate President Pro Tempore with the following statement:

Anyone who has information about this case or knows the identities of those pictured are asked to call the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app or via their website.

Related: Council votes to use $250K to remove Portsmouth Confederate monument