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Baltimore mayor says removal of Confederate monuments, "right for the city"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 01:04

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh comments on the city's decision to remove four Confederate monuments overnight. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Work crews took down four Confederate monuments in Baltimore overnight into Wednesday, days after white nationalists led a deadly protest over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. Monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, were dismantled from the city's Wyman Park Dell after the city council on Monday approved the removal of four statues, the Baltimore Sun reported. "At 11:30, 11 o'clock last night, gathered and we moved the statues," Mayor Catherine Pugh told reporters on Wednesday. "The city charter says that if the mayor, according to the city attorney, wants to protect the public and keep her community safe, she has the right to keep her community safe, and I felt the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight." The swift dismantling of the monuments, which Pugh said began at 11:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday (0330 GMT on Wednesday) and finished at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT), comes after a rally by white nationalists protesting against plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee sparked clashes with anti-racism demonstrators in Charlottesville on Saturday. The rally turned deadly when a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 other people. "What I know is I did what was right for the city. That was in my intent and it's done," Pugh said. Saturday's violence appears to have accelerated the drive to remove memorials, flags and other reminders of the Confederate cause across the United States.

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Baltimore mayor says removal of Confederate monuments, "right for the city"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 01:04