BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit against the city of Birmingham for the removal of a Confederate monument, according to an announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Following riots in Birmingham, Mayor Randall Woodfin ordered for the Linn Park monument to be removed to prevent further unrest in the city. Rioters targeted the monument Sunday, attempting to bring it down themselves.
In response, Marshall filed the suit against the city for violating the Memorial Preservation Act of 2017, which protects “significant buildings, memorial buildings, memorial streets, and monuments located on public property for 40 or more years.” This includes Confederate monuments.
“The State of Alabama first filed suit against the City of Birmingham in 2017 after the City erected barriers around the monument in Linn Park,” Marshall said. “In November 2019, the Alabama Supreme Court sided with the State and determined that the City of Birmingham had violated the law and was subject to the Act’s penalties. However, the Court held that any violation of the Act was punishable only by a one-time fine of $25,000 per violation. Though legislation was filed in the 2020 session seeking to amend the penalties provision of the Act in response to the Court’s ruling, that legislation failed to become law.”
You can find a link to the lawsuit here.