NEW ORLEANS -- Shortly before midnight Monday, over two dozen metal barricades were placed in a wide perimeter around the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid City. 

While it seemed like an indication that the statue would soon be coming down, New Orleans Police said nothing was happening that night. 

"You're welcome to stay, you won't hurt my feelings," Deputy Chief Paul Noel told the media. "I'm about to go home."

Noel said he was not giving a statement, but as a courtesy, he told the group of reporters that nothing was going to happen that night. 

Earlier that night, large crowds of protesters, both for and against the removal of the monuments, gathered and at times, things grew heated. 

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The Jefferson Davis monument is one of four statues slated by the City of New Orleans to come down.