United Daughters of the Confederacy sues Caddo Commission to block removal of Confederate monument

United Daughters of the Confederacy sues Caddo Commission to block removal of Confederate monument

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The battle over removing the Confederate monument outside the Caddo Courthouse is heading to federal court.

Shreveport Chapter 237 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the monument, filed for an injunction Friday morning to stop the Caddo Commission from removing the monument from the grounds where it stands.

Jackie Nichols, the chapter's president, released the following statement:

"The vote last night, Thursday October 19th, by the Caddo Parish Commission was as expected but was still a disappointment to Shreveport Chapter #237 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the majority of the citizens of Caddo Parish.

In the lawsuit, the United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter also asks the court to rule that the piece of land under the monument is the group's private property.

The filing goes on to allege that the commission is attempting to violate the chapter's First Amendment right to free speech.

A date for a hearing on the request for an injunction has not been set.

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