Judge denies request to halt Confederate monument removal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a last-minute request to stop Louisville officials from moving a Confederate monument to a nearby town.

The Courier-Journal reports U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell denied a request for a restraining order from Louisville resident Brennan James Callan on Saturday. Crews began dismantling the monument Saturday, a $400,000 project that is expected to take several days.

City officials announced this week they were moving the monument to Brandenburg. Protests of the 121-year-old monument increased following the 2015 racially-motivated shooting deaths of nine African-Americans at a church in South Carolina.

A state judge ruled earlier this year Louisville had the authority to move the monument, which was a gift from the Kentucky Women's Confederate Monument Association in 1895.


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