On Friday, New Orleans police officers brought barricades to the Robert E. Lee monument in the city.

The barricades weren't setup as of 3 p.m. Friday; instead, they were brought to the base of monument and in the circle surrounding the monument.

On Wednesday, crews erected a chain-link fence around the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Canal Street, creating a second ring of obstructions around the site where protesters have clashed in recent days.

Crews erected a chain-link fence Wednesday around the statue of Confederate President Jeffer…

The Lee and Davis monuments are among four structures Mayor Mitch Landrieu has targeted to come down.

The third is a statue of P.G.T. Beauregard at the main entrance to City Park.

The city has already removed the Liberty Place monument from its pedestal on Iberville Street, taking it down without warning about 1:30 a.m. on April 24.

Landrieu has said publicly that he wants the three other monuments taken down sooner rather than later. He was adamant the statues wouldn't come down during potential unrest in Baton Rouge amid the announcement of the result of the Department of Justice's investigation into the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.

He also said the monuments wouldn't come down during Jazz Fest, which ends Sunday.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu mounted a passionate defense of his approach to removing the city’s mon…