Court Blocks Removal of Confederate Statue

Dallas city council voted 13-1 against Lee monument
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2017 2:19 AM CDT
Lee Statue Gets Last-Minute Reprieve
Workers prepare for the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at a public park in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.   (LM Otero)

A last-minute court order blocked the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Dallas even as work crews were prepared to take it down. US District Judge Sidney Fitzwater granted a temporary restraining order requested Wednesday by Hiram Patterson, the AP reports. His attorney said Patterson is a Dallas resident and a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. The city council voted 13-1 earlier Wednesday to remove the statue, which is in Robert E. Lee Park just north of downtown. A city task force was to determine later what to do with it. Before the reprieve, police officers were stationed at the park while crews brought in a crane to remove the statue. (Read more Confederate statues stories.)

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