[News] Two arrested in new noose incident near Jena
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Fri Sep 21 13:54:25 EDT 2007
Two arrested in noose incident near Jena
ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (CNN) -- Authorities in
Alexandria, Louisiana, arrested two people after
nooses were seen hanging from the back of a red
pickup Thursday night, the city's mayor told CNN.
A photograph taken by I-Reporter Casanova Love
shows a noose hanging from a red pickup.
Alexandria is less than an hour away from Jena,
Louisiana, and was a staging area Thursday for
protesters who went to the smaller town to
demonstrate against the treatment of six black
teens known as the "Jena 6" in racially charged incidents.
Police say the 18-year-old driver of the truck
was charged with driving while intoxicated and
inciting to riot and also may be charged with
contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- the 16-year-old passenger.
As police were questioning the driver, he said he
had an unloaded rifle in the back, which police
found. They also found a set of brass knuckles in
the cup holder on the dashboard, according to the police report.
The passenger told police he and his family are
in the Ku Klux Klan, the police report said. He
also said he had tied the nooses and that the
brass knuckles belonged to him, the report said.
Video Watch what police found on the truck »
At least one of the nooses was made out of an
extension cord, according to the police report.
Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy said those arrested
were "from around Jena" and not in the same
parish as his city. See where the incident occurred »
* Police report (PDF)
* In Depth: The 'Jena 6'
* Thousands 'march for justice' in Jena
The police report says a crowd of about 200
people, mostly African-Americans, watched the arrest take place.
Roy said the incident is "not indicative" of
Alexandria and that local authorities will look
into the matter "completely, thoroughly and transparently."
A photograph of the truck was sent to CNN by
Casanova Love, 26, who said he's in the U.S.
Navy. He's visiting his family in Louisiana.
Love said he was standing outside a club with
some friends Thursday night when he saw the red
pickup drive by slowly with two nooses hanging from it.
He said the truck continued up the street and
passed by a large group of Jena 6 protesters
standing outside a bus stop. Police then pulled over the vehicle.
Love explained why he sent the photo to CNN:
"People need to see this. It's 2007, and we still
have fools acting like it's 1960."
State police estimated at least 15,000 people
gathered in Jena on Thursday to protest what they
consider unequal punishments meted out in recent racially charged cases.
One involved the hanging of nooses from a tree a
day after black students sat under what had been
an informal gathering place for white students.
The students involved were suspended from school for a brief time.
Another was the beating of a white student that
resulted in six black teens facing charges that
include aggravated second-degree battery.
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