2 Confederate monuments vandalized in North Carolina

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Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A vandalized Confederate monument in Charlotte, North Carolina has been removed from Old City Hall and relocated to a city warehouse for cleaning.

City spokesman Ken Brown says the monument was removed Thursday and that city council will discuss when to put it back. It is unclear how long that will take.

Someone spray-painted "racist" on the memorial, which honors Confederate soldiers and was put up in 1977. It was one of two Confederate monuments to be defaced in Charlotte on Wednesday.

The crimes come as the nation debates the appropriateness of the Confederate battle flag and Confederate monuments after the shooting of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect in that case has been seen posing in photographs with the Confederate flag.