Protesters brought down a statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn amid protests, prompting Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin to “finish the job.” The mayor pleaded with protesters in front of a five-story obelisk memorializing Confederate troops, telling them that the monument would be removed.
The decision was not without opposition, as Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a civil lawsuit against the city, writing that they removal of the monument violated the state’s monument preservation law.
The mayor said of the impending fine and lawsuit, “I chose my city to avoid more civil unrest … It’s probably better for this city to pay this civil fine than to have more civil unrest.”
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