Authorities in Baltimore removed Confederate statues throughout the city early Wednesday morning, only a few days after the similar removal of monuments in Virginia sparked days of protests and violence. Just after midnight on Wednesday, a group of police officers and a crane made their way through public squares and city parks, tearing down the monuments and carrying them out of town. The small crowds that did appear were “celebratory,” said Baynard Woods, the editor at large of The Baltimore City Paper. “The police are being cheerful and encouraging people to take photos and selfies,” Woods said.
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