A heavy police presence accompanied crews of removal workers as they dismantled the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, on Thursday.

The statue was lifted from its plinth in the park near Uptown and loaded onto a trailer. The pickup truck used to carry the statue drove in convoy with a police motorcade as it began its journey to the western outskirts of the city, where it will remain on an abandoned naval air station until officials decide its fate at a later date.

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