Does Levar Stoney Have The Authority To Tear Down Monuments?

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Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin says she is asking Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring if Mayor Levar Stoney had the authority to order the immediate removal of Confederate statues, 8News reports.

"I have requested an Opinion from the Attorney General as to whether Mayor Stoney had the authority to immediately remove war memorials as permitted by Va. Code Section 15.2-1812, without following the process outlined in that statute," McEachin told 8News.

In response to violent and peaceful protests across the city, Stoney announced at a press conference at River City Middle School on July 2 that he would order the removal of 11 monuments in the city in the coming days.

As of Wednesday evening, seven statues have been removed in Richmond:
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury
  • Cannon sitting atop a pedestal just west of the Arthur Ashe memorial
  • Cannon near the statue memorializing the President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis
  • J.E.B. Stuart
  • Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Statue
  • Jeff Davis Monument