Alabama AG addresses violations of Memorial Preservation Act, says they’re ‘done so out of fear’

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shared a message on Monday regarding violations of the state’s Memorial Preservation Act, saying "this should not be celebrated."

Posted: Nov 23, 2020 2:45 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 2:53 PM

Attorney General Steve Marshall released a message on Monday regarding city and county officials violating the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.

“In recent months, we have witnessed a number of elected officials take it upon themselves to tear down monuments and statues protected under Alabama law,” Marshall said.

He announced Friday that the State of Alabama is suing Madison County for relocating its Confederate monument. The Confederate monument is now among the dead Confederate soldiers buried at Maple Hill Cemetery.

When the monument was relocated last month, the Madison County Commission argued that because their petition to move the monument didn't receive a hearing for more than 90 days, that opened up a path to legally relocate it.

The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act was passed in 2017. According to Marshall’s office, “The Alabama Supreme Court has held that any violation of the Act is punishable by a one-time fine of $25,000 per violation.”

You can read and watch his full message on Monday below:

Attorney General Steve Marshall released a video message to the people of Alabama on Monday morning upon having to pursue a fifth fine in 2020 against a city or county for violating the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act:

“In recent months, we have witnessed a number of elected officials take it upon themselves to tear down monuments and statues protected under Alabama law.

“I want to speak directly to the people of Alabama, as the chief law enforcement officer of our state, to make a few things clear about the actions of these elected officials:

“First, any elected official who removes a historic monument or statue in violation of Alabama law has broken the law. He has not simply decided to ‘pay a fee’ so that he can lawfully have the monument or statue removed. He has committed an illegal act.

“Second, any elected official sworn into office by taking an oath to uphold the law, who then breaks a duly enacted and constitutional law, has violated that oath.

“Third, despite what some newspapers might have you believe, any elected official who disregards the duties of his office in this manner has done so not out of courage, but has done so out of fear. This should not be celebrated, for disregarding the law subverts our democratic system.

“Our government vests the power to make laws in the legislature alone. If an elected official disagrees with a law, he can work through his legislators to see that law changed. That is how our system works.

“I urge my fellow Alabamians to take note of those casting votes and spending their tax dollars to violate a law of this state. It is now a question of when not if these same leaders will cast aside yet another law—being guided only by the political winds of the moment.

“Around the country, we have seen what happens when city and county officials allow the mob to take over. It all starts with subtle non-enforcement of laws and ordinances, and quickly devolves into utter lawlessness. As a state, we must remain vigilant that those elected to govern our localities do not lead us slowly down the same road.”

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