The call comes after a DeKalb County judge ordered a monument in Decatur to be taken down last week. Since then, two Gwinnett Democrats — county commission candidate Kirkland Carden and Nabilah Islam, who ran for Congress in the 7th District — started a petition asking that the Lawrenceville monument be taken down. It has nearly 1,000 signature.
Whiteside said he doesn’t have the authority to take the monument down on his own. But since someone stenciled “Black Lives Matter” on the monument, he said he can request to remove it to protect it. Whiteside also said he worried the statue, which was erected in 1993, could be a flash point for violence in a planned July 12 protest in the city.