Confederate monument demonstrations close roads, streetcars Sunday
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Police Department has plans to shut down several streets and the streetcar line due to planned demonstrations for and against the three remaining Confederate monuments Sunday.
According to a report from WWL-TV, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Aaron Miller said the event is being treated as a homeland security issue.
“Our law enforcement intelligence partners have what we believe to be serious and credible threats of violence planned around scheduled protests tomorrow," Miller said Saturday.
Superintendent Michael Harrison said that, per the law, guns would not be allowed at the planned demonstration. He also said that separate spaces would be set up for each side to protest peacefully.
“Our officers will be out and we will respond accordingly to protect public safety and to enforce the law. We certainly respect everyone’s right to assemble and to protest peacefully and we will do everything within our power to keep everyone safe,” he said at a Saturday night press conference.
Harrison said that starting at 11 a.m., the St. Charles streetcar line would not run until after the demonstrations have cleared.
In addition, roads around Lee Circle would close. Those include: Calliope at Carondelet, St. Charles and Calliope, Howard and Carondelet and St. Joseph and St. Charles.