Lawsuit seeks injunction to block Stoney from removing Confederate monuments in Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court seeks to block Mayor Levar Stoney from ordering the removal of any additional Confederate monuments in the city.

Richmond has already taken down multiple statues and the mayor has pledged to have a total of 11 monuments removed by the end of the week.

The lawsuit, filed by an anonymous plaintiff, aims to have an emergency injunction granted by a judge to prevent Stoney from directing the removal of any more monuments.

The lawsuit alleges Stoney’s “unlawful actions,” “causes a concrete and particularized injury to the Plaintiff’s rights as a Virginia citizen,” and says the anonymous plaintiff intended to tour the monuments “as a home school history lesson activity.”

The suit also questions the motives and timeliness of Stoney’s decision to order the removal of monuments, noting the mayor’s announcement came on the same day Virginia localities were permitted to decide the fate of Confederate monuments, and Stoney “has shown ample opportunities to publicly express his own personal views about the removals of public monuments.”

An official in Stoney’s administration told 8News on Wednesday that the mayor has not been served and still feels that they are on solid legal ground and “will be more than prepared to successfully argue that position if a hearing is set. Unless and until an injunction is granted, the work will continue.”

At Wednesday’s close of business hours, the circuit court clerk’s office told 8News a judge had not yet been assigned to the case.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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