NEW ORLEANS REMOVES OFFENSIVE STATUE
New Orleans removed a statue that the mayor said glorified a 19th-century attack on police by white supremacists, the first of four monuments that the city will relocate to send a message of “diversity, inclusion and tolerance.” Authorities took down the statue honoring the so-called Battle of Liberty Place, acting without notice and under the cover of darkness for security reasons, and will move it to a museum or other facility, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. A federal court cleared the way for its removal in March. Erected in 1891, the monument commemorates an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacist “Crescent City White League,” the mayor’s office said. “The statue was put up to honor the killing of police officers by white supremacists,” Landrieu said.