ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a western Michigan community have decided not to pursue criminal charges against people who vandalized a statue of Confederate and Union Civil War soldiers with a Black child kneeling between them.
The Allendale Township board on Thursday said proceeding with the case would require time and resources and only create more divisiveness.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 7,505 New COVID-19 Cases, 118 Deaths
The board voted in June to keep the statue in a local park, despite a recommendation from a group that the statue be replaced by one with Union soldiers who are Black, Native American, and white.READ MORE: Preserving Legacy, Sister’s Return To Revitalize Childhood Neighborhood, After Seeing Increase In Blight
Calls for the statue to come down began last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and anti-police brutality protests around the country.
Allendale Township is just west of Grand Rapids.MORE NEWS: MDOT: Here's A List Of Weekend Construction In Metro Detroit
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