PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia has filed an appeal over a judge’s ruling on the Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia.
Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick ruled Tuesday the city’s decision to remove the statue last year was based on insufficient evidence and not supported by law.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days
The statue remains boxed up and out of public view.READ MORE: Eagles 3-Time Pro Bowler Brandon Brooks Announces Retirement
Last summer, the statue became a hotspot in the wake of George Floyd’s murder as protests against systemic racism and injustice swept the country.
Protesters and supporters of Columbus clashed, sometimes violently, at Marconi Plaza.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Man Charged With Murder For Allegedly Killing Aunt In Neshaminy State Park Homicide
Some of those trying to protect the statue were seen holding bats and guns as they stood guard.