Appeals court upholds dismissal of Caddo Confederate monument lawsuit


A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit to block the removal of the Confederate monument outside the Caddo Parish Courthouse.

The United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is the second federal appeals court to affirm a lower court’s ruling against the Shreveport Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in their lawsuit against Caddo Parish. 

Shreveport Chapter #237 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy filed a lawsuit in October 2017 after the Caddo Commission voted in favor of removing the monument. 

In addition to granting Caddo Parish’s Motion for Summary Judgement, the 5th Circuit Court dismissed all claims of the United Daughters of Confederacy with prejudice, which means that it is dismissed permanently and can’t be brought back to court.

The ruling was issued Wednesday afternoon by a three-judge panel of the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“For essentially the same reasons and reasoning set forth by the district court in its July 25, 2018 Memorandum Ruling, we affirm its Judgment of even date, dismissing all claims of the UDC with prejudice and its cost,” said Judge Jacques L. Weiner, writing on behalf of the panel.

“The Parish is pleased that we have confirmation that we have the right to decide whether the Confederate monument can remain on the Courthouse grounds,” said Donna Frazier, Parish Attorney.

The ruling was announced in Thursday afternoon’s Caddo Parish Commission meeting.  

“I’m elated about it,” said District 2 Commissioner Lyndon B. Johnson. “I’m glad and people who have fought to try to get this removed for years.  We’re just one step closer to getting it removed from the courthouse. 

Now, Lyndon says it’s only a matter of time before the monument comes down.  

“Hopefully it won’t take long to get everything we need to have in place to have them to move it. 

Then if they for some reason can’t then we’ll be looking for the commissioners to vote on allocating funds to get it moved.” 

The United Daughters of Confederacy has not yet commented on the ruling.

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