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“In accordance with the law, my office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn Park Memorial such that it is hidden from view, the Defendants have ‘altered’ or ‘otherwise disturbed’ the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The City of Birmingham does not have the right to violate the law and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit.”
Bell responded to the news Wednesday afternoon with a statement sent to news media via his spokesperson April Odom:
We look forward to the court system clarifying the rights and power of a municipality to control its parks absent state intervention.– Mayor William Bell