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Dispute over noose outside St. Charles County home
By Kevin S. HeldKelley Hoskins,
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The FBI is investigating what appears to be a noose hanging from a tree at a home in St. Charles County.
“This issue that was brought to my attention, both in an email and text message at first—a picture of a rope appeared to be in the shape of a noose,” John Bowman, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, said.
“He has two small children. The back of that house doesn’t have any yard for them to play in. They play out in the front when they’re hanging out with him, and they use that as their little swing that they play on,” he said. “I’m not exactly for sure how long it’s been there, but it’s been there for quite a while.”
Brinkley said he’s taken the rope down to prevent additional controversy.
“He’s a good young guy working, trying to take care of his family and give his kids something to do,” Brinkley said. “He just wants a place for them to play a little bit.”
Bowman is not convinced.
“You look at the picture; it does not have the appearance of someone being able to sit and swing,” he said. “And even if you are standing and trying to swing, it’s so close to the ground, I just don’t know how you could swing in it.”
The NAACP claims the FBI is investigating the matter. However, the U.S. Justice Department could not comment, citing policy preventing them from confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.
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