UPDATE: Hearing set on lawsuit to block Confederate monument removal

CADDO PARISH - UPDATE: A federal judge has set a December hearing over the Confederate statue in Caddo Parish.

On Friday the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 237 filed a lawsuit to stop the monument from being moved.

The Caddo Commission voted last Thursday to remove the monument from the courthouse grounds. 

The seven commissioners who voted "yes" to remove the monument are named in the lawsuit.

The motion hearing is set for December 11 at 10 a.m. 

 

ORIGINAL: A lawsuit is filed against the Caddo Commission after last night's vote to remove the Confederate monument.
    
The United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter 237 filed the injunction this morning to block its removal from courthouse grounds. 

They're asking the court to rule the Confederate monument sits on their private property and removing it would violate their first amendment rights.  

"It is far from over with and they do not realize how much it would cost to remove it. It's also a National Historic Site so just how far they think the government is going to allowed it be moved," said JC Hanna, Sons of Confederate Veterans Louisiana Division.

The seven commissioners who voted "yes" to remove it are also named in the lawsuit. 
    
The decision was seven-to-five. 
 


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