THE GOVERNOR of Virginia is set to order the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond amid the George Floyd protests.
Gov Ralph Northam is expected to unveil the plans for its removal on Thursday, an official told the Associated Press.
The statue, which was erected in 1890, will be moved from its massive pedestal and put into storage while the governor's administration finds a new location for it.
The Lee monument, which is one of five Confederate statues along Monument Avenue in Richmond, has been the target of vandalism during protests in recent days over George Floyd's death.
Floyd died while in police custody after Officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on the black man's neck for what authorities believe was nearly nine minutes.
The 46-year-old begged Chauvin to stop and said he could not breathe while the officer was on top of him.
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The disturbing and horrific incident was recorded on video, which quickly went viral and drew outrage.
Chauvin and three other officers were fired the following day and were later charged, but anger has continued to ensue.
Leaders and activist groups such as Black Lives Matter have demanded justice for Floyd over the last week.