NOLA.com is reporting that the Mayor Mitch Landrieu directed city firefighters to remove the Battle of Liberty Place Monument. The masked men worked under the cloak of darkness with helmets and wrapped in bulletproof vest to protect them from a possible violent public backlash. Police officers and Snipers were reported on the perimeter, as well.
In a press release from the City of New Orleans published on April 24, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu states that they have secured private funding for the removal of the monuments that represent “the lost cause of the confederacy.” The City announced that it has secured the private funding necessary to relocate all four statues.
Nick Felton, the President of the New Orleans Firefighters Union, mentioned at a press conference that, "We should not be in riot gear. We should not be doing police-type work and we are absolutely concerned, you know, that that type of thing is going on."
This comes after rumors spread on social media of the shady tactics used by Landrieu to remove statues in the middle of the night with no mention to the public about the timeline of the removal.
This is not the first time that Felton has come at odds with Landrieu. In June of 2014, Nick Felton pressed Landrieu for his lack of interest in pursuing more funds for his “unsustainable pension system”.
"In my opinion, and I understand that you disagree with me, the firefighters' public pension system, the way it is currently constructed, is unsustainable," he said. "It doesn't make any sense and it needs to be changed. You and I have battled in the Legislature on that issue for the past five years."
Mitch is not the first Landrieu to be under heat for the misappropriation of public funding. His sister and former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu spent public money on private charter flights as reported by ABC news in August 2014.
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Written by Chris Pilie
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