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New Orleans Monument Removal Plan Criticized By Two City Councilmembers

As New Orleans officials consider removing four Civil War-era monuments, two members of the City Council are declaring their objections. They center on the process.

Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said last night that she is opposed to the proposed ordinance. In June, Mayor Mitch Landrieu named four monuments he says fall under nuisance rules and should be removed.

Cantrell says the proposal was thrust on the council by the mayor and a select group of individuals. Cantrell listed other issues that she says are of much greater concern to residents, such as crime, blight and stalled road repairs.

Landrieu wants to remove statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and PGT Beauregard, and a White League monument honoring a deadly assault on the post-Civil War integrated police force.

Councilwoman Stacy Head has also told constituents the removal process is flawed.

The council is set to hear public testimony later today and vote next week.

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