Charlottesville City Council votes to remove Lee statue

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The Charlottesville City Council has voted 3-2 to remove a Robert E. Lee statue out of Lee Park. Media outlets report the motion, which was passed Monday, requires city management staff to provide within the next 60 days recommendations for how the statue can be moved. The council also voted Monday to re-name the park. Last March, Councilor Wes Bellamy called for the statue of Lee to be removed, citing members of the community who feel it is culturally offensive and a symbol of white supremacy. Mayor Mike Singer and Councilor Kathy Galvin both voted to oppose the resolution, saying they were uncomfortable with how much it would cost to move the statue, and that the city could face a legal battle for doing so. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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