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: FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot For Americans Over 65, Those At High-Risk
The statue remains boxed up and out of public view.READ MORE: More Than 100 Penn State Students Temporarily Suspended After Missing Weeks Of COVID Tests
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: 3 Men Injured In Wynnefield Shooting, Police Say
Some of those trying to protect the statue were seen holding bats and guns as they stood guard.