Leaders in the Stokes County city of King voted 3-2 Tuesday to remove a statue of a praying soldier at a local park, saying the cost of fighting a federal lawsuit would “greatly exceed” the city’s insurance policy limits.
“The decision to settle this case has been very difficult for the King City Council,” the city said in a statement.
The moves comes after a two-year legal battle between the city and Steven Hewett, a former police officer and U.S. Army veteran who claimed the city promoted Christianity at a veteran’s memorial that is situated in King’s Central Park.
The city removed a Christian flag from the memorial in 2010 but refused to remove the statue, which depicts a soldier kneeling at a cross.
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