Officials in Charlottesville have unanimously voted for removing of the Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statue removing. Though, their votes are not enough.
After deadly clashes which happened last month in Charlottesville, the city council took matters into their own hands. But not everyone was happy with the statues removal and sued the city.
Now, the removal depends on the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the council’s power to remove another statue depicting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee — a focal point of the marchers and opponents last month. The plaintiff is the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization. Recently, the judge heard the arguments of the case.
At Tuesday’s Charlottesville city council meeting, some of those in attendance criticized leaders over the August rally. A few of those in attendance at the two-hour council hearing held signs that called for taking down Confederate statues from parks. Others asked for some council members to resign. A few of the council members offered apologies for the recent events, according to the Times-Dispatch.
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer told those in attendance: “I’m pledging that I’m going to try what I can to get this right.” He was met with some jeers from the crowd. He went on to say, “You may not believe this — but, please, help me to get better.”
On Twitter, Wes Bellamy — who serves as the vice mayor of Charlottesville — posted a message with three hand-clapping emoji along with a link to a news story about the 5-0 council vote. In February, the City Council voted 3-2 to take down the Lee statue in Lee Park.
Both Confederate statues were covered in black tarpaulins last month as a symbol of mourning for Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed at the Aug. 12 rally.