Cory Booker vows legislation to remove Confederate statues from US Capitol

Jerry Jackson  The Baltimore Sun via AP

Jerry Jackson The Baltimore Sun via AP

But with multiple other cities following Charlottesville in pursuing removal of their Confederate monuments, a handful of Democrats have called for its replacement.

Pugh said at a news conference this morning, "I felt that the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight".

Mayor Pugh discusses removal of Confederate monuments with reporters. The Lee monument is on state property, which means the city does not have authority to order its removal.

"I think any city that has Confederate statues are concerned about violence occurring in their city, and I just think that Baltimore right in the midst of getting the consent decree completed, this is not something that is needed", Mayor Catherine Pugh said.

"Whether we like them or not, you have to go to the orderly process of either the Legislature, the executive, if they have the authority for that, or judiciary in removing [the monuments]", MS governor, Phil Bryant, told The Los Angeles Times.

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It came one day after a group tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, and days after a woman was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia during a rally. Another statue taken down was of Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the Dred Scott decision. Over the course of the two-day protest, dozens were injured and a 32-year-old counterprotester was killed when one of the "Unite the Right" ralliers slammed his auto into a crowd.

The fourth statue, the Confederate Women's Monument, was dedicated in 1917.

The dismantling of the monuments came after a rally by white supremacists protesting against plans to remove the statue of Lee sparked clashes with anti-racism demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. On Monday in Gainesville, Florida, workers finished removing a statue that was meant to remember locals who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Officials in Lexington, Kentucky, are planning to remove two Confederate statues that sit on the lawn of a former county courthouse.

According to CNN, each state in the U.S. is allowed honour two of their most prominent residents in the Capitol - and "at least nine states have chosen to honor those with ties to the Confederacy".

Three people have been arrested in connection to the statue in North Carolina.

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