Charlottesville removes tarps from Confederate monuments

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, says it has complied with a judge’s order to remove the black shrouds installed over two Confederate monuments after a white nationalist rally last summer.

Charlottesville <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”https://twitter.com/CvilleCityHall/status/968843406461063168″>tweeted</a> that city staff removed the shrouds Wednesday morning.

A day earlier, a circuit court judge said they had to come down. The decision came during a hearing in a lawsuit against the city over its attempts to remove the monuments.

Separately, The Daily Progress <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/clark-statue-hit-with-i-can-t-breathe-graffiti/article%E2%80%946937df0a-1c33-11e8-be24-cfdfb4d764be.html”>reports</a> another city statue of a surveyor and soldier was hit with graffiti Tuesday.

The graffiti said, “I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a New York police officer’s chokehold. His words have become a rallying cry in the national debate over policing, brutality and race.

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