Cullman attorney explains his motivation for suing the Governor

Cullman attorney explains his motivation for suing the Governor

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - A Cullman attorney is explaining why he felt moved to sue Governor Roberty Bentley and the Alabama Historical Commission.

Bentley ordered four Confederate flags taken down at the Confederate memorial next to the state capitol last month. Bentely says in wake of the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, Bentley said did not want the flag to become a distraction for solving Alabama's financial problems.

Melvin Hastings says Bentley did not have the authority to remove the flags.

"We may not agree with it. People may not agree with what happened in the Confederacy. People may not agree with what happened in the civil rights movement. People may not agree with what's happening today but it's a part of our history. It's protected by the law. I just want everyone to follow the law," Hastings said.

Hasting is asking a Montgomery court to define the authority of the Governor and the Alabama Historical Commission and he is seeking an injunction to prevent any further action against what is deemed historical sites.

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