UPDATED 7:28 AM PT – Tuesday, August 18, 2020
A Democrat state senator in Virginia is facing charges over her alleged involvement in the destruction of a confederate monument in Portsmouth.
During a press briefing Monday, Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene announced state Sen. Louise Lucas (D) was charged with two felonies related to the incident.
Lucas and several other leaders in the state, including multiple NAACP officials, are all facing felony charges connected to the protest, which also left one man severely injured.
The police chief said an investigation into the monument’s destruction remains ongoing and more charges against additional participants are expected.
“Countless monuments across our state were being defaced by protesters, many of those localities investigated the acts of destruction and subsequently charged the responsible parties well after the incidents were over,” Chief Greene explained. “What is important to note is that out of all the incidents that occurred across our nation, our incident is the only incident that resulted in a man being gravely injured. ”
Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam weighed-in on the news Monday night while taking to Twitter. He said the charges were “deeply troubling” and “highly unusual.”
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.@SenLouiseLucas, I look forward to seeing you in Richmond tomorrow—so we can get to work. https://t.co/flI9W5HnYH
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) August 17, 2020