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September 27, 2019

NAACP investigating New Jersey family who displayed dummy hanging from noose

The family claims it was part of a pirate-themed Halloween display

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A New Jersey family is under investigation after they put up a display including a dummy hanging from a noose on their front lawn. 

The local chapter of the NAACP said the Mannington, Salem County, display, which featured a stuffed dummy with a bag over its head hanging from a wooden gallow, could be considered a hate crime.

“Put a scarecrow up on a bale of hay, we don’t care,” Salem County NAACP President Nelson Carney Jr. told CBS on Thursday. “But if it has a noose around its neck, we don’t care what color. We’re not going to accept it.”

The creator, Ryan McDonald, told CBS it was intended to be part of a larger pirate-themed display and he did not consider it offensive.

Salem County Prosecutor John Lenahan told he reported the structure to police, who asked McDonald to remove it from public view. 

Lenahan said the prosecutor's office was not considering the incident to be a hate crime at this time. 

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