Democrat state senator facing felony charges over involvement in destruction of confederate monument

SFile – Va. state Sen. Louise Lucas (D) speaks during debate on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (Steve Helber/AP Photo)

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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.”

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