Supporters of Confederate monuments in New Orleans lose court case

Supporters of Confederate monuments in New Orleans lose court case

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A lawsuit against the City of New Orleans concerning the removal of confederate era monuments was tossed out Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in December, just hours after the city council voted to take down the statures of Gen. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis and the obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place.

City and federal official filed opposition to the lawsuit in January, but agreed not to move the monuments until the case was settled.

The plaintiffs, Monumental Task Committee, argued that the monuments would be hard to move and store. Their experts said it was possible they would be damaged. The court disagreed.

They also argued that removal of the monuments would violate several federal acts. One included the city's streetcar lines use of the monuments. The streetcar passes by Lee Circle and P.G.T. Beauregard in front of City Park.

The court ruled that the plaintiffs could not prove moving the monuments would cause any harm.

The court also said that the plaintiffs had sufficient time to discuss the plan for the monuments at public meetings.

Therefore, the motion for a temporary restraining order has been denied.

"We are pleased with the court's ruling on this issue. Once removed, the monuments will be stored in a City-owned warehouse until further plans can be developed for a private park or museum site where the monuments can be put in a fuller context," a spokesman for the city said.

He said additional details will be announced as they become available.

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