The vandalism came after workers had earlier removed the statue of Confederate Gen. P G T Beauregard, the third of four monuments to be dismantled.
Crews began the process of dismantling the Beauregard statue - which stands about 15 feet tall and weighs between 12,000 and 14,000 pounds - around 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening. It is unclear when, or if, the base will be removed. Two of them have been charged with public intoxication and setting fire to some trash.
On one side of Esplanade were a couple dozen monument supporters, who draped Confederate flags over the barricades and waved several others, including a half-Stars and Stripes and half-Confederate flag, a flag that said "President Trump", and two flags symbolizing the 3 Percenters. Her spokesman Koran Addo said they're looking for the right place to house the 40-ton statue before they remove it.
"I've never looked at them as a source of pride", Blanchard said. "That statue is 106 years old". "We'll take them off of New Orleans' hands and end some of the controversy that's surrounding them". "This is double that".
Others felt the city has bigger problems that Mayor Mitch Landrieu is ignoring.
"New Orleans has potholes where cars can disappear", said one woman. Lee in one of the city's parks.
We also wanted to know how much public money has been spent to remove the monuments. "Where are his priorities?"
An estate in MS is offering to take the Confederate monuments that the city of New Orleans is taking down. The news release came as police cordoned off the site and what appeared to be a large crane was moved into position.
Citing the same safety concerns as it did before, the city said it would "not share details on a removal timeline for the Robert E. Lee statue". "The memorial that was taken down was to a man who worked to advance race relations through the 1873 Louisiana Unification Movement-contrast that against Landrieu whose actions and comments are entirely intolerant and divisive".
In December, the New Orleans City Council declared four monuments nuisances and first removed the Battle of Liberty Place monument a month ago, which was erected by a white supremacist group to commemorate a deadly insurrection against New Orleans' racially integrated police department and government in 1874.
A statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
A New Orleans Police mounted patrol circles the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
The Crescent City White League monument was taken down on April 24 and the Davis statue on May 11.