Nooses, Hate Signs Found On Mississippi Capitol Grounds Day Before Contentious Runoff

27 November, 2018, 11:26 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Cindy Hyde Smith and Donald Trump

Two nooses and several hate signs were found hanging at the Mississippi State Capitol Monday around 7:15 a.m.

Gov. Phil Bryant said those responsible for hanging the nooses and placing the signs outside the Capitol would be "identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" in an emailed statement to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

The Senate runoff on Tuesday is between Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, in a race that has increasingly taken on racial overtones. She later apologized for the comment.

"If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row", Hyde-Smith said, referring to a supporter, during a campaign stop in Tupelo on November 2.

It was not immediately known who put the nooses up or why.

More news: Ukraine and Russian Federation in naval standoff near Crimea bridge

Trump's defense of Hyde-Smith comes just as her father-in-law prepares to travel to MS and headline two separate rallies for the embattled Republican incumbent, who has lost funding and faced criticism for "public hanging" that's been widely considered racist.

"I always considered that a great compliment", he said.

The matter is under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Capitol Police and the US attorney's office.

Espy is trying to become the first African-American to represent MS in the Senate since Reconstruction. "If we find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that a federal crime has occurred, these criminals will be swiftly prosecuted".

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: "Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society". Nooses hung on the trees of the capitol's south lawn on Monday, according to authorities. It says MS had 581 during that time, the highest number of any state.

Recommended:



Popular

Burger King Sweden 'adds' Whopper crafting to Red Dead Redemption 2
Not a whole lot is known about Red Dead Online , other than it being "an evolution" of Red Dead's classic multiplayer experience. Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 online will launch in beta tonight.

Wallabies not in disarray, insists Michael Cheika
To not get there this time is disappointing for him and the team. "It's extremely hard. There's no way around it", Hooper said.

Heavy snow hammers mid-west United States after holiday weekend
The region could see whiteouts and slick roads throughout Sunday, making travel hard if not impossible at times, Brink said. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow over parts of IL , bringing blizzard warnings across the greater Chicago area.

‘Strong winter storm’ to move through Chicago on Sunday
Strong winds and snow are expected to create blizzard conditions across much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas on Sunday. The weather service said outdoor items should be secured , including trash cans and Christmas and holiday decorations.

College Football Rivalry Week
Should Texas win again, the Big 12 likely would be eliminated from consideration because the Longhorns have three losses. An 11-1 Notre Dame squad would likely be ahead of a 12-1 Washington State , but maybe not in front of 12-1 Oklahoma.

USA closes its busiest border amid protests over migrants
They came "in an orderly way, they never asked us for food or shelter", renting apartments and making their own food. The San Ysidro port of entry at the U.S. -Mexico border is seen from Tijuana, Mexico, on November 16, 2018.

Gunman Killed During Black Friday Sales
Police told CNN that the young girl "does not have life-threatening injuries", and is now being treated for her injuries. Witnesses on scene reported hearing multiple gunshots near JC Penney, located close to the mall food court.

Appeal on asylum ruling will be filed
On Monday morning, the Border Patrol closed northbound lanes into San Ysidro, Calif. for three hours at the Tijuana port of entry. Attorney Lee Gelernt is with the American Civil Liberties Union, which is one of the groups that challenged that policy in court.

There's a turkey in the White House as Trump grants poultry pardons
Truman was the first to accept a turkey from them - however, he did not spare the bird. The turkey pardon is an annual photo op for presidents and the turkey industry.

Spain PM threatens Brexit deal over Gibraltar
Madrid refuses to accept The Rock is a part of Britain despite the fact it has been an overseas territory since 1713. Spain do not have the legal ability to veto the Brexit deal as settlement comes down to a 'qualified majority'.