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Report: Court rules city can remove Liberty Place monument

The Battle of Liberty Place Monument  (FOX 8 Photo) The Battle of Liberty Place Monument (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

A federal judge issued a ruling Wednesday that clears the way for city officials to remove the controversial Liberty Place monument, according to a report from our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said he considers the Liberty Place monument the "most offensive" of the four monuments declared public nuisances by the New Orleans City Council in 2015.

Another court ruling, issued earlier this week by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, cleared the way for the city to remove three monuments to Confederate Civil War leaders.

The combined rulings clear the way for the city to remove the monuments from public display.

Earlier this week, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that allows the removal of three monuments to Confederate Civil War figures.

The Liberty Place monument has always been unique among the four monuments in question. It does not have ties to the Civil War, but rather commemorates an 1874 battle that occurred just before the end of Reconstruction. A battle between police and members of the White League killed 30 people.

Landrieu’s office issued a statement applauding the Liberty Place monument ruling.

“In less than 48 hours, another court has affirmed the City's right to control its property. Today, the federal court allowed the City to remove the Liberty Place Monument, in my opinion, the most offensive of the four we will be moving. This monument, erected by the White League to specifically revere white supremacy and commemorate an attack on law enforcement, has never represented New Orleans or American values.

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