Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody has no plans to bring back a bill seeking to protect Confederate monuments as the controversial statues are coming down across the South. Carmody says legislation is no longer necessary.
"Because the rule of law will basically be ineffective for any of it, they will all be down."
Four Confederate monuments were removed in New Orleans last April and May. Carmody attempted to pass a proposed law during the last legislative session to require a public vote, before a military monument could be taken down.
"I'm not sure that there would be anything left to protect."
There are Confederate monuments located in Shreveport, Lafayette, Alexandria and Tallulah, but there are no plans to take them down. Violent protests recently took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, near the site of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee. Carmody says he will not bring up future legislation on this topic, we should respect others’ views.
"I pray that there is some peace and tranquility that comes out of everything that seems to be going on in our country and that it's strange days indeed."