On August 17 local time, a black female senator in Virginia was accused of damaging a statue of the Confederacy during a protest more than two months ago. The governor denounced the accusation, saying it was “deeply disturbing” to bring charges against the congressman just as Virginia was about to pass the police reform bill. According to NBC on August 18, Portsmouth police chief Angela Green said at a news conference that Senator Louise Lucas was facing felony conspiracy charges for damaging a monument worth more than $1000 during a June 10 protest. It is reported that Lucas, 76, has been a long-term congressman and an important power broker in the State Senate. She joined the Senate in 1992. < / P > < p > members of the local branch of the National Association for the advancement of ethnic minorities, members of the local school board and members of the office of the public defender were also reported to be facing charges related to the protest. The charges came about the same week as a special legislative session convened by Virginia lawmakers to discuss dozens of criminal justice reforms. Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, condemned the charges. “Just as Virginia is about to pass the police reform bill, it is deeply disturbing that the first black woman to serve as an interim member of the Senate suddenly faces extremely unusual charges,” he tweeted on August 17 < / P > < p > it is understood that the Portsmouth monument consists of a huge Obelisk and four statues of Confederate soldiers. In a protest attended by hundreds in June, the heads of some statues were torn off and one was pulled down. One of the protestors was seriously injured. Green did not specify what Lucas or others did during the protest. It was simply stated that “several people conspired and organized to destroy the monument, and hundreds of people were gathered to participate in felony operations.” A spokesman for the office of Portsmouth’s federal prosecutor, Stephanie Morales, told NBC she did not agree with the police charges. A statement issued by the office on August 18 said it had not received the results of an investigation into the protests. The statement said the office was listed as a witness in the arrest warrant relating to the charges, but “Morales himself did not witness anything listed at the scene.”. Virginia is one of the few states that can file a warrant for a felony without the approval of a prosecutor, according to gastennaga, executive director of the United States Civil Liberties Union in Virginia. Gasganaga said the charges were political and discriminatory, and the police bypassed prosecutors in deciding who to prosecute. Lucas’ lawyers told NBC affiliate wavy that the charges were a political gimmick.