Federal judge rules Liberty Place monument can come down

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal district judge ruled that New Orleans can take down a monument dedicated to a white supremacist militia's rebellion.

The Liberty Place Monument, which celebrates the White League's attempt to overthrow the state's bi-racial reconstruction era government, has been protected by a federal court order dating back to a previous attempt to remove it. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that neither that order, Shubert Consent Order, nor federal historic preservation laws blocked the city from removing the statue.

“In less than 48 hours, another court has affirmed the City's right to control its property," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "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."

The statue is one of four monuments New Orleans city officials is fighting to remove from public display. A federal appeals court panel cleared the way for that removal on Monday.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Monumental Task Committee and other groups working together to protect New Orleans' confederate monuments. The ruling also states that those groups do not have any legally or constitutionally protected rights that would be infringed upon if the monuments are removed.

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