US Court order blocks removal of Lee statue from Dallas park

02:00  07 september  2017
02:00  07 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The Dallas City Council voted to removed the statue however a last minute court injunction halted the work. © AP Photo/LM Otero Workers inspect a statue of Robert E. Lee in a public park in Dallas, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The Dallas City Council voted to removed the statue however a last minute court injunction halted the work.

DALLAS — A last-minute court order has blocked the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Dallas even as work crews were prepared to take it down.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater granted a temporary restraining order requested Wednesday by Hiram Patterson. His attorney, Kirk Lyons, said Patterson is a Dallas resident and taxpayer and member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

The Dallas City Council had voted 13-1 earlier Wednesday to remove the statue, which is in Robert E. Lee Park just north of downtown. A city task force was to determine later what to do with it.

Police officers stationed at the park and crews brought in a crane to remove the statue as about 25 people watched.

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A statue of Robert E. Lee was removed from a Dallas park Thursday after a series of delays that included a brief court stay obtained by a pro-Confederacy group and a fatal accident involving a crane assigned to remove the statue. Fox 4 News reported that workers took nearly three hours to remove the statue from its pedestal and place it on a trailer that would take it to a storage facility until a final decision is made on the statue's fate.City officials said in a statement that an art conservator monitored the proper handling of the statue, and police tactical officers with automatic rifles provided security.

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