Lawyer: threats made over Confederate statue removal
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city attorney says a contractor the city hired to remove Confederate monuments received "death threats" and has pulled out of the contract.
Rebecca Dietz, a city attorney, mentioned the death threats to the contractor during a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is considering a plea by four groups seeking to stop the removal of the monuments.
Dietz says the city is now looking for another contractor to do the work.
Media has reported that the contractor, H&O Investments LLC., received death threats and threatening telephone calls at its offices and at the company owner's house.
Passions have been running high over the city's decision to remove the monuments.