PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator will receive $300,000 under a settlement in a lawsuit the senator filed after she was charged with damaging a Confederate monument during a 2020 protest.
Portsmouth police charged Sen. Louise Lucas and several others with conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000 after a protest that drew hundreds of people to a local Confederate monument.
The heads of Confederate statues were ripped off and one statue was pulled down, critically injuring a demonstrator.
Two months later, former Portsmouth police Chief Angela Greene announced felony criminal charges against Lucas and 18 others.
A judge later dismissed all charges in the case. Greene was fired the same day.