Virginia police chief fired after state senator cleared in Confederate monument vandalism


A Virginia police chief was fired Monday after a black state lawmaker was cleared hours earlier in the vandalism of Confederate monuments over the summer. Charges were dropped against Sen. Louise Lucas, the state’s most senior black legislator, at the request of Commonwealth Attorney Stephanie Morales after determining there was not sufficient evidence to support the elements of the alleged crimes. Portsmouth police arrested and charged Lucas and 18 others in August with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000. The charges stemmed from a June 10 protest in Portsmouth — a majority black city — in which hundreds gathered near the monument as similar demonstrations were occurring nationwide.

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