Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are hoping newly-installed plastic fencing will prevent people from removing the tarps covering the city's Confederate statues.
The Daily Progress reports that City Manager Maurice Jones approved the fence installation after the black tarps covering the statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson were removed for the sixth time.
Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman suggested adding the fencing because removing the tarps wasn't considered a criminal offense.
“The intent was to carve out an area within which no one would be permitted without authority,” Chapman told The Daily Progress. “If someone enters it without authority, they can be prosecuted for trespassing.”
The tarps were initially installed as a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Aug. 12 when a car drove into a crowd of protesters at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
A group of people, including Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler, have been ripping the tarps down ever since they were installed on Aug. 23, The Daily Progress reports.
Recently, Kessler retweeted a news report about the tarps being ripped off saying, "Taking out the trash..."
It is unclear how long city officials intend to leave the tarps up.