The first black woman to serve as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s President Pro Tempore of the Senate is being charged in connection with the tearing down of a monument.
One of those individuals was Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas, a Democrat, who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, and is now the chief presiding officer in the Virginia State Senate.
Virginia state Sen. Louise Lucas turned herself in on Tuesday to the sheriff’s office after she was charged in connection to the dismantling of a Confederate statue that left a man seriously injured in June in the midst of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and riots.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Marvin Waters told CNN that Lucas was released on a personal recognizance bond on Tuesday afternoon, which means that she did not have to post bail. She’s facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000.
In a comment to news outlets, Lucas yelled: “I will be vindicated,” according to WAVY-TV.
— Dan Kennedy 13News Now (@13DanKennedy) June 11, 2020
ClashDaily covered this very statue toppling:
Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene said that, “individuals conspired and organized to destroy the monument as well as summon hundreds of people to join in felonious acts,” The acts “not only resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the monument, but also permanent injury to an individual,” said Greene.
It’s unclear if Lucas was involved in the statue toppling per se, but she was present as were a bunch of other high-profile individuals who were also subsequently charged.
A local NAACP official, a school board member, and three public defenders were charged in connection to the incident, according to police in a previous statement.
Not precisely a “grassroots” movement, is it?
According to WAVY-TV 10, the complete list of those 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
In addition, here is the list of individuals 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
Portsmouth Police are still trying to identify 13 other individuals and is asking the public for help.
But leftists are running to her defense.
First up…Governor Blackface/KKK hood himself.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam criticized the police’s decision on Twitter.
“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,” he wrote on Aug. 17.
Source: Epoch Times
TAKE NOTE: Police, not a prosecutor, got a magistrate to charge Sen. Lucas & other protesters with felonies.
This is another example of the disparate policing Black people continue to experience daily. It is also an example of why civilian review of policing is important. https://t.co/nqDPr4xXZl
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 18, 2020
Sorry, Governor and ACLU…a man is permanently injured as a result of this woman’s “community organizing.”