Police force family to bring down Halloween display of a man hanging on a sling after being reported as a hate crime
- A Halloween display in a home in Mannington, New Jersey, had a stuffed doll with a bag over its head hanging from a sling
- The police visited the house after she had received complaints and told the family to remove it
- Homeowner Ryan McDonald said the gallows should be part of a larger pirate-themed screen
- The Attorney General's office has opened an investigation into the representation of a possible hate crime
A family from New Jersey is forced to bring down a Halloween exhibition in their front yard of a doll hanging on a sling.
Residents were furious when they saw the stuffed doll with a bag hanging over his head on a wooden gallows-like structure outside a house in Mannington.
A photo of the display was distributed on social media and the family was forced to take it down after the police visited the house due to multiple complaints.
Ryan McDonald, who owns the house, said the gallows should be part of a larger pirate-themed screen.
& # 39; The hangman's noose would be part of a pirate theme we did, and I think some people thought it wasn't entirely appropriate, & # 39; McDonald said CBS Philly.
The local chapter of the NAACP says that the state attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the exhibition as a possible hate crime.
On a display in a house in Mannington, New Jersey, was a stuffed doll with a bag over his head hanging from a sling (photo)
The police visited the house after she had received complaints and told the family to remove it. Pictured: homeowner Ryan McDonald
Many were indignant about the screen and the local chapter of the NAACP said it believes it should be recognized as a possible hate crime.
& # 39; Put a scarecrow on a bale of hay, we don't care, & # 39; said Nelson NAiP president Nelson Carney Jr. to CBS Philly.
& # 39; But if it has a sling around its neck, we don't care what color. We are not going to accept it. & # 39;
Salem County prosecutor John Lenahan told NJ.com that his office was not considered a hate crime by his office.
But Carney Jr. CBS told Philly that the Attorney General's office opened an investigation.
McDonald said he wanted to apologize and said he was not going to put the display back on.
& # 39; It was just something, you know, to be ready for Halloween as a real prop to have fun, & # 39; he said to the station. & # 39; I apologize to anyone who did it randomly. & # 39;
CBS Philly reported that the house had a southern flag in the back yard, but McDonald denied placing it.
& # 39; I can understand why that would be a problem, but we are not a racist family at all, & # 39; he said.
Carney Jr. warned both McDonald and other homeowners about placing similar Halloween decorations.
Homeowner Ryan McDonald said the gallows should be part of a larger pirate-themed screen. Pictured: the house with the remaining wooden structure on the right
The Attorney General's office has opened an investigation into the representation of a possible hate crime. Shown: the screen has been knocked over
& # 39; I am currently apologizing, & # 39; Carney said to the station. & # 39; But he needs to be educated more in the history of African-Americans. & # 39;
This is not the first time that such a Halloween decoration has led to public outrage.
Last October, a Brooklyn building removed an exhibition of a body wrapped in a bag hanging on a sling near a fire escape NBC 4 New York.
And in 2017 residents were stunned by a decoration with a body with a hood over his head, hanging on a sling, according to WSB TV.
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