Confederate monument in Birmingham partially removed overnight

FILE - In an Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, Birmingham city workers use plywood panels to cover the Confederate Monument in Linn Park, in Birmingham, Ala., on orders from Mayor William Bell. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 criticized an Alabama law forbidding the majority-black city from removing, or altering, a Confederate monument as well as new proposal to fine cities $10,000-a-day for violations. Birmingham faces a $25,000 fine for putting wooden panels around a Confederate monument in Linn Park.(Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP, File)

The base of a Confederate monument in Alabama’s largest city was all that remained Tuesday morning after crews worked overnight to dismantle it.

Workers began Monday night removing the top portion of the obelisk in pieces in Birmingham’s Linn Park, about a day after protesters tried to remove it themselves during a protest over police brutality, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Live video filmed by overnight showed a flatbed truck hauling off the stone pieces in the early morning hours. It’s unclear where the pieces were being taken.

Crews were expected to return later Tuesday to finish removing the monument.

The monument had been the subject of a court battle between the city of Birmingham and the state before protesters tried to bring it down Sunday.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the city faces a fine for violating a state law that bans the removal of Confederate and other long-standing monuments. Woodfin said the cost of a fine would be more affordable than the cost of continued unrest in the city.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.