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Motion to Remove Confederate Statues Fails After Fenwick Abstains

Posted: Updated: Jan 29, 2017 11:23 PM
Bob Fenwick abstains voting at Council meeting Bob Fenwick abstains voting at Council meeting
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville City Councilors couldn't come to terms over renaming Lee Park and removing a Confederate statue.

Councilors held a work session Tuesday night. It was a packed house at City Hall with a number of people showing signs calling for the statues to be removed.

Councilor Bob Fenwick abstained from the vote which caused an outcry from people wanting a decision.

"I do not want to vote to keep that statue in Lee Park. An abstention vote lets this process go a little bit. We have no path that we know to go forward. This is going to take some time. We have another motion on the floor I believe on what we can do to repair some of the damage that has been done," Fenwick said.

City Councilor Wes Bellamy also laid out a plan to help minority youth through scholarships and other opportunities. That will be taken up Feb. 6.

Councilors have other parts of a report on this issue to review.

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