Commissioner Jackson has concerns with Confederate monument settlement

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson says the Confederate Monument controversy isn’t settled, just yet.

A settlement between the parish and the Shreveport chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was reached earlier this week that will allow the monument to be moved off of the Caddo courthouse lawn to another location at the expense of the parish.

But during an interview Tuesday, Jackson told KTAL/KMSS he’s not going to support using taxpayer dollars to reconstruct a monument that’s a tribute to the Confederacy.

“I just don’t believe that taxpayers should be on the hook for erecting symbols to the Confederacy.”

He says he’s proposing legislation to forbid the parish from using taxpayer dollars to support building or reconstructing Confederate statues.

“It’s their monument. They really should be responsible for moving it. I think they should meet us half way. If we’re going to help them move it they should be responsible for putting it back up, wherever they’re going to put it up on private property.”

Jackson says his resolution will go before the commission in two weeks.

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