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San Antonio Sued for Confederate Statue Removal

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City crews remove Confederate statue from Travis Park in San Antonio on Sept. 1. (Screengrab of Twitter post/@wsyx6)

By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 06:39 AM

San Antonio has been sued for a Confederate statue removal at a local park that honors fallen soldiers.

The local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy charged in federal court that city officials did not give it due process in challenging city council's decision to remove the statue on Sept. 1, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The lawsuit claimed that the removal violated the First, Fifth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and is asking for unspecified damages and attorney's fees, the Express-News reported.

"The Daughters have no idea where their statue is or in what condition it may be," the lawsuit said, per the Express-News. "The members of the ASJ chapter No. 2060 have no idea where their time capsule is or where the contents are. The UDC has been excluded from the community discussion."

In August, Richard Brewer and Jean Carol Lane of the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed the federal lawsuit before the statue was removed, claiming that their freedom of speech would be impaired by the action, KSAT-TV reported.

That lawsuit claimed that city officials did not have the right to remove the statue because it does not hold the title to the land where it resides, the television station stated.

San Antonio City council members Roberto Trevino and William Shaw were the first to propose the idea of relocating the Travis Park statue, but the idea was met with demonstrations and a mountain of public comment in August, KSAT-TV said.

The statue's removal comes as the debate over monuments connected with the Confederacy and their appropriateness rages around the country, with forces for and against the recognitions becoming violent in some areas.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the national controversy in August through Twitter, charging that removing statues can't change history.

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