The statue of Robert E. Lee in Dallas can come down, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dissolving a temporary restraining order filed by supporters of the Confederate monument.
Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ruled on the matter at a hearing Thursday afternoon.
It was not immediately clear when the statue would be removed.
After Thursday’s hearing, Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway told reporters, “we’ll take our time,” according to WFAA.
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The council on Wednesday voted 13-1 to take down the statue. But as workers prepared its removal, Hiram Patterson of the Texas division of Sons of Confederate Veterans filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to keep the statue of Lee standing.
Fitzwater granted the temporary restraining order and scheduled a hearing on the matter for Thursday.
The statue is in Lee Park, a city park off Turtle Creek Boulevard in the Uptown area of Dallas.
City officials plan to store the Lee statue at Hensley Field, a storage facility in west Dallas, WFAA reported. A task force appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings is still working to determine a long-term plan for the statue of Lee and other Confederate monuments in the city.