Lexington Mayor Jim Gray pushes to remove Confederate statues

Posted at 8:41 AM, Aug 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-13 14:28:23-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, says after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement Saturday he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council at its Tuesday work session to ask a state military commission for permission to take down the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

Violent clashes occurred Saturday between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Three people were killed, including a woman who died after a driver plowed into a group of peaceful marchers. Dozens more were injured.

That driver, identified by police as James Fields Jr., recently moved to northwest Ohio from Northern Kentucky. One of his high school teachers said Fields had radicalized views on race and was "infatuated" with Nazis and Adolf Hitler.


Fields is charged with second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 10 a.m. Monday.

H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said Saturday's violence "meets the definition of terrorism." Federal officials also have opened a civil rights investigation.

The supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.