Rally held in support of Portsmouth police chief on leave

September 6, 2020 GMT
File-Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, adjusts her mask as she chairs the Senate Health and Education committee during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Residents in a Portsmouth, Va., held a rally in support of Police Chief Angela Greene, who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged Lucas and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
File-Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, adjusts her mask as she chairs the Senate Health and Education committee during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Residents in a Portsmouth, Va., held a rally in support of Police Chief Angela Greene, who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged Lucas and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
File-Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, adjusts her mask as she chairs the Senate Health and Education committee during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Residents in a Portsmouth, Va., held a rally in support of Police Chief Angela Greene, who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged Lucas and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
File-Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, adjusts her mask as she chairs the Senate Health and Education committee during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Residents in a Portsmouth, Va., held a rally in support of Police Chief Angela Greene, who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged Lucas and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)
File-Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, adjusts her mask as she chairs the Senate Health and Education committee during the Virginia Senate Special Session in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Residents in a Portsmouth, Va., held a rally in support of Police Chief Angela Greene, who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged Lucas and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool, File)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Residents in a Virginia city held a rally in support of a police chief who was placed on administrative leave nearly three weeks after her department charged a Black state senator and several others with conspiring to damage a Confederate monument.

Nearly 100 people gathered outside of the Portsmouth City Hall on Sunday afternoon for the “Support Chief Greene” event, WAVY-TV reported.

The demonstration comes two days after a city official said Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene was put on paid leave and an assistant police chief would be assuming her duties. The city did not provide additional details.

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A page for the event on Facebook urged people to attend the “peaceful rally” if they disagreed with “Portsmouth suspending Chief Greene.”

The felony charges Greene’s department levied against State Sen. Louise Lucas are based on words police say Lucas spoke in June before protesters ripped heads off Confederate statues in Portsmouth and pulled one down, critically injuring a demonstrator.

It was one of many Confederate statues damaged or toppled by protesters in Virginia and other cities across the South following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minnesota in May.

Lucas and several others face counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and injury to a monument in excess of $1,000. Other people who were charged included a school board member as well as members of the local NAACP chapter and public defender’s office.