Police Jury votes to keep South’s Defenders Monument at courthouse

Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 8:05 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The confederate monument will remain on the grounds of the Calcasieu courthouse.

The Calcasieu Police Jury voted 10-4 at a special meeting to leave the South’s Defenders Monument where it stands. Police Jury President Tony Guillory, whose vote acts as a tie breaker when needed, wanted the record to show he was in favor of removing the statue.

A motion was before the police jury to consider moving the monument from the grounds of the courthouse.

A large number of residents spoke prior to the vote.

The jurors voted as follows:

Ashton Richard, District 1 - NO.

Mike Smith, District 2 - YES.

Eddie Lewis Jr., District 3 - YES.

Tony Guillory, District 4 - YES.

Brian Abshire, District 5 - NO.

Ron Hayes, District 6 - NO.

Chris Landry, District 7 - YES.

Guy Brame, District 8 - NO.

Anthony Bartie, District 9 - YES.

Tony Stelly, District 10 - NO.

Roger Marcantel, District 11 - NO.

Judd Bares, District 12 - NO.

Joe Andrepont, District 13 - NO.

Randy Burleigh, District 14 - NO.

Tony Tramonte, District 15 - NO.

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