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AL Attorney General suing Birmingham Mayor Bell for covering Confederate monument in Linn Park

Published: Aug. 16, 2017 at 7:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 at 4:21 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama's Attorney General is suing the city of Birmingham and Mayor William Bell for putting barriers around the Confederate monument in Linn Park Tuesday night.

"In accordance with the law, my office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn Park Memorial such that it is hidden from view, the Defendants have 'altered' or 'otherwise disturbed' the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act," Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a press release.  "The City of Birmingham does not have the right to violate the law and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit."

Mayor Bell released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

We look forward to the court system clarifying the rights and power of a municipality to control its parks absent state intervention.

Read the lawsuit below.

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