Activists sue Norfolk City Council over Confederate monument

NORFOLK, Va.— Two local activists are suing the Norfolk City Council over the city’s Confederate monument on E. Main Street.

It’s been more than a year since council voted unanimously to relocate the 15-foot statue, but it hasn’t been touched.

The city monument sits in the 400 block of E. Main Street and is dedicated to Confederate soldiers.

Civil rights activists Ronald Green and Roy Perry-Bey filed an amended lawsuit against city council in the Norfolk Circuit Court on Thursday.

The lawsuit cites an “unreasonable delay” in relocating the statue and a failure to abide by the council’s vote.

In the aftermath of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally that turned into a deadly attack on a counterprotester in August 2017, the Norfolk City Council voted unanimously to relocate the Confederate statue.

Ronald Green says he’s tired of waiting.

“Now! We want it moved immediately,” said Green.

Greens says the city needs to do what they said they’re going to do.

“If the law is not enforced when it’s passed, then that’s open season,” said Green.

The city says it’s going to wait until the Virginia Supreme Court rules on a separate Confederate monument case in Charlottesville before moving the statue.

Green says he’s not looking for money; instead, he’s looking for action.

“A resolution is law, now you’re waiting to see if it is law? No, no, no.”

The city said Thursday that they aren’t aware of the lawsuit and did not want to comment.

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