Crews veil Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson statues in Charlottesville


    The Robert E. Lee statue covered in a black tarp (Photo: WSET)

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - Charlottesville officials have shrouded the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in Charlottesville.

    The Lee statue was covered around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Crews then moved to Justice Park to cover the Stonewall Jackson statue.

    City Council voted to cover Lee and Stonewall Jackson in black fabric to honor Heather Heyer at their meeting that ran into early Tuesday morning.

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    Heather Heyer was killed on August 12 during the Unite the Right rally when a car ran into a group of pedestrians.

    Crews in Justice Park started to cover the statue around 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Just a couple of hours after the statues were covered a John Miska, who says he is a disabled veteran who fights for the rights of troops and other veterans, tried to cut the tarp off with a knife he was carrying.

    "This is a war memorial, it should not be torn down it is a part of the history of the United States," Miska said.

    After police confronted him, he backed off and said he would comply.

    He then spoke to reporters and other Charlottesville residents on the scene, also getting in a heated debate on what happened in Charlottesville on August 12.

    Miska chastised police, saying they didn't do much to prevent the violence from happening.

    The man was armed with a knife, that he kept in his pocket and a pistol that was concealed attached to his leg.

    Following the incident several people gathered to tape up the tarp around the statue. Lauren Musso and her two friends were among those helping.

    "It needs to be covered, Musso said. "There is no reason it wasn't covered in the first place. The town is in a mourning period."

    Charlottesville Police are on standby on all sides of the Emancipation Park where the statue was covered up Tuesday.

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