Two teens are behind bars and authorities in Alexandria, Louisiana are questioning other suspects after they drove near black protesters with several nooses hanging from the back of a red pickup. The arrest report is quite colorful.
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.
Mayor Jacques Roy says the young men were not from his town—a staging point for the protesters—and lived closer to Jena which is an hour south. Up to 15,000 people protested against the treatment of six black teens charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight that followed a series of racially charged incidents. Not ironically, the Jena tensions started after white students hung a noose from a tree.
Authorities in Alexandria say the young men were driving near "a crowd of about 200 people, mostly African-Americans" who were awaiting to board buses home. The suspects face charges of inciting a riot, disturbing the peace and DUI. Hate crimes charges are being investigated.
Money quote from the eyewitness who took the photos: "People need to see this. It's 2007, and we still have fools acting like it's 1960."
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