This Louisiana city voted to keep its Confederate monument – but mother nature had other plans
South’s Defenders Monument in Lake Charles, Louisiana (screengrab)

Less than a month after local city officials voted to keep it standing, Hurricane Laura has toppled a Confederate monument in Lake Charles, Louisiana, KRMG reports.

The South’s Defenders monument stood since outside the city's courthouse since 1915, and was slammed by critics has being a symbol of slavery.

But thanks to the 150 mph-plus winds, the statue is now on the ground.