Democratic Senator Louise Lucas is Facing Two Felony Charges

Democratic Senator Louise Lucas is Facing Two Felony Charges


Do you remember when all those statues were falling in June and it seemed as if it was a free-for-all?

Well, it wasn’t a free-for-all in Portsmouth Virginia where the Portsmouth Police department has charged Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth with two felony charges over her role in the toppling of a Confederate statue in Portsmouth in June, police announced Monday.

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Richmond Times had this to say about the Senator receiving two felony charges:

Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, is facing two felony charges over her role in the toppling of a Confederate statue in Portsmouth in June, police announced Monday.

Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene said the charges are the result of a weekslong investigation into the June 10 incident, which left a local man critically injured after the statue fell on him during a protest.

The charges against the high-profile lawmaker come a day before the start of a special session of the General Assembly on COVID-19 and police reform. Democrats hold a 21-19 edge in the Senate, and if Lucas is absent, it could threaten parts of the Democrats’ agenda.

Lucas, a senator since 1992, is president pro tempore and presides over the Senate in the absence of the lieutenant governor.

Lucas and six others, including local NAACP leaders and a local school board member, were charged with conspiring to commit a felony, and felony injury to a public monument in excess of $1,000, Greene said Monday.

Greene did not expand on Lucas’ role leading to the charges, but a video from the afternoon on June 10 posted on Lucas’ Facebook page weeks ago shows the lawmaker saying before a group of officers that the monument is public property and that police cannot arrest protesters.

As for the people who were charged, Greene said: “I am asking for these persons to immediately turn themselves in to the Portsmouth Police Department.”

Fox News reported this about the Senator being arrested:

A Virginia state senator has been charged with damaging a Confederate monument in Portsmouth during protests that also led to a demonstrator being critically injured when a statue was torn down, authorities said Monday.

Sen. Louise Lucas faces charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000, Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene said during a news conference. The protest occurred in June.

Lucas is a longtime Democratic legislator and a key power broker in the state Senate, joining the chamber in 1992. The charges were filed the same week Virginia lawmakers are taking up dozens of criminal justice reforms during a special legislative session.

The reaction from some of her fellow Democrats was swift.

“It’s deeply troubling that on the verge of Virginia passing long-overdue police reform, the first Black woman to serve as our Senate Pro Tempore is suddenly facing highly unusual charges,” Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, tweeted on Monday evening.

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Democrats hold a 21-19 advantage in the Senate, and if Louise is not present, it could rain on the Democrats parade and put a halt to their agenda.

Do you think the Senator should receive a Felony or do you believe it’s too much of a penalty?

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