Virginia Democrat Charged With Multiple Felonies Over Destroyed Statue
State Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) hit with two felony charges
A Virginia Democrat has been hit with multiple felony charges over her alleged role in destroying a Confederate statue.
State Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) is facing two felonies related to the toppling of a historical monument in Portsmouth at the start of summer.
Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the charges are the result of a weeks-long investigation into the June 10 incident.
The incident left a local man critically injured after the statue fell on him during a protest.
Greene confirmed Monday that Lucas and six others, including NAACP leaders and a local school board member, were charged with conspiring to commit a felony and felony injury to a public monument in excess of $1,000.
Lucas appears to have been charged in the case destruction that occured on June 10, where a man was seriously injured after the statue hit him on the head as it fell over.
“Demonstrators beheaded the four Confederate statues before pulling one down using a tow rope Wednesday night at the Portsmouth Confederate monument as police watched,” the Daily Press reported.
“A protester was injured as the statue fell, hitting him on the head. Louie Gibbs, vice president of the Portsmouth NAACP, said the man, who was in his 30s, lost consciousness.
"The man’s head was cut open, and he was transported to the hospital.”
As of the end of July, the man, Chris Green, was at a rehabilitation hospital in Richmond, according to his wife, Tonieh Brisbane-Green, who said that he was working on his walking and talking skills, according to The Daily Wire.
“Brisbane-Green said he’s not doing either yet, but he is responding to 75% of commands and can drink liquids,” 13News Now reported.
“Brisbane-Green said when medics took her husband and the father of two to the hospital, he flatlined twice in the ambulance.”
“Doctors at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital operated on Green and put him into a coma as they treated him,” the local news station added.
"He was on a ventilator at one point.
“He was in the hospital in Norfolk until July 17 before heading to Richmond.”
WAVY-TV 10 reported the following list of individuals who are facing “charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000”:
- State Sen. L Louise Lucas
- James Boyd, Portsmouth NAACP representative
- Louie Gibbs, Portsmouth NAACP representative
- LaKesha Hicks, Portsmouth NAACP representative
- LaKeesha S. “Klu” Atkinson, Portsmouth School Board member
- Kimberly Wimbish
- Dana Worthington
- Amira Bethea
The local news station also reported the following list of individuals that are facing “a felony charge of injury to a monument in excess of $1,000”:
- Brenda Spry, public defender
- Alexandra Stephens, public defender
- Meredith Cramer, public defender
- Brandon Woodard
- Hanah Renae Rivera
- Raymond J Brothers
The destruction of statues and monuments by leftists across the U.S. started after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis back in late May.
The destruction of statues and monuments came at the same time that violent riots broke out in major cities across the U.S.