Motion aims to dissolve restraining order, allow removal of confederate statue

Published: May. 24, 2016 at 11:56 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2016 at 12:07 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell are both calling for the state to back down from a restraining order that has prevented the University of Louisville from removing the 120-year-old Confederate Memorial Statue on its campus.

On Tuesday, the metro government and the county attorney filed a motion that is aimed at dissolving the restraining order.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans are arguing that if the statue is removed it would violate state and historical laws that are focused on protecting historic landmarks.

O'Connell believes that the statue was never designated a military heritage site and that it is not located in a city preservation district.

The city now wants to move the statue into storage until they can come to a decision.

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