DALLAS – A temporary restraining order was granted late Wednesday afternoon, halting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Dallas’ Turtle Creek neighborhood.
The request for a restraining order was filed by Hiram Patterson with the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and granted by Judge Sidney Fitzwater.
A hearing is now scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
The Dallas city council had approved a resolution to immediately remove the statue by a 13-1 vote earlier Wednesday.
Crews had been working for over three hours to begin the removal of the statue. A crane was in place and workers had put straps around the statue, giving the appearance that a hoist was imminent. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., though, the straps were undone and work stopped.
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