Dem Lawmaker, NAACP Members Charged With Felonies In Statue Toppling

Eric Scheiner | August 18, 2020
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Felony warrants have been issued for a state senator, several NAACP members and members of the local school board in Portsmouth, Virginia in connection to a monument protest that seriously injured a man on June 10th.

WTVR-TV reports:

Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene announced on Monday that Portsmouth Sen. Louise Lucas, NAACP members, school board members and public defenders were among several felony warrants issued in relation to the June Confederate monument protest.

The Portsmouth Police Department is still trying to identify 13 other individuals associated with the incident.



WAVY-TV lists the names of those facing charges.

Here’s the full list of those facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000:

  • State Sen. L Louise Lucas
  • James Boyd, Portsmouth NAACP representative
  • Louie Gibbs, Portsmouth NAACP representative
  • LaKesha Hicks, Portsmouth NAACP representative
  • LaKeesha S. “Klu” Atkinson, Portsmouth School Board member
  • Kimberly Wimbish
  • Dana Worthington
  • Amira Bethea

Here’s the list of individuals facing a felony charge of injury to a monument in excess of $1,000:

  • Brenda Spry, public defender
  • Alexandra Stephens, public defender
  • Meredith Cramer, public defender
  • Brandon Woodard
  • Hanah Renae Rivera
  • Raymond J Brothers



Husband and father Chris Greene was hurt seriously when part of the statue fell upon him during the protest. Green underwent emergency brain surgery as a result of his injuries.

Chris Green's wife, Tonieh Brisbane-Green, told WVEC-TV late last month that he's in a rehabilitation hospital where a team is working with him on his walking and talking skills. 

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has released a statement saying they strongly condemn the "suspiciously timed and seemingly retaliatory actions" by the Portsmouth Police against Senate President Pro Tempore Lucas.

Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam has also chimed in, tweeteing, "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."


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