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Item to discuss legality of statue removal withdrawn from Tuesday's city council agenda

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:21:49-04

A discussion on the removal of the Alfred Mouton statue from Downtown Lafayette that was set for Tuesday's City Council meeting now will not take place.

Councilman Glenn Lazard confirmed on Monday that he decided to withdraw the discussion item from the July 7 agenda.

The matter was originally placed on the agenda to clarify the legal status of the issue and procedures moving forward, Lazard said.

"However, with the extensive news coverage given to this issue over the past week," he added, "this discussion is not necessary at this time."

Lazard said that the general public will still have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the issue at the appropriate time.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory announced on July 1 plans to remove the statue, including his intention to ask the legal department and City Council to approve resolutions in support of removing the statue while protecting it from destruction.

Guillory and the president of the local United Daughters of the Confederacy are scheduled to appear in court on August 17.

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