The buzz has really been in the air locally about the South's Defenders Monument located on the courthouse grounds in Lake Charles. The sides are divided, as many in the Black community feel this is not a good representation of the city in the current climate of the world. There are others, mostly in the white community, who feel it represents a connection of heritage to their upbringing.

Either way, there is a call for the monument to be removed and there have been many who are not shy about letting their voices be heard. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will be holding a special meeting on the South's Defenders Monument this Thursday at 5:30pm.

The meeting will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Emergency Operations Center located at 901 Lakeshore Drive. With the city currently in Phase Two during the ongoing COVID-19 dilemma, there are some rules that must be followed in order to attend.

The police jury expects seating will be limited and encourages all to watch the live stream of the meeting on C-GOV, www.calcasieuparish.gov, or the police jury's Facebook and YouTube pages.

If you wish to speak during the meeting, you must be there by 5:15pm and check in with staff for appropriate screening.

Everyone must wear face coverings, maintain six-foot social distancing, and submit to a temperature check.

Access to the building will be only through the Pithon Street entrance.

Residents are also welcome to write the police jury in advance by emailing comments to administration@calcasieuparish.gov by noon on August 13.

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