Michael Young files lawsuit over city announcing the removal of Christopher Columbus statue
A man in Columbus filed a lawsuit stopping the city from removing the Christopher Columbus statue erected in the city hall grounds.
Michael Young, a man with unclear affiliation, filed the lawsuit soon after Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced its removal on Thursday.
The mayor declared that the statue would be placed under storage until a decision is made on the next step.
However, the city’s attorney office claimed that the suit was yet to reach its desk, and reckoned the removal claiming that any lawsuit against the proceeding could lack any legal backbone.
According to Young, his lawsuit filed at Franklin County Common Pleas Court attempted to temporarily restrain the removal until full legislative hearing and actions are undertaken.
Additionally, some Italian Americans supported the move by Young, claiming that the statue was “a gift and a symbol of love.”
Nonetheless, the city argued that some viewed the statue as a symbol of oppression, patriarchy, and divineness and thus warranted its removal.