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"WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) ― The Secret Service says it has visited a West Hollywood home where a mannequin of GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin hangs from a noose.
Deputy Special Agent in Charge Wayne Williams says so far it seems to be a harmless -- though unusual display.
Williams told The Associated Press they are not treating it as a threat.
But local officials aren't quite as accepting of the display, which also features Palin's running mate John McCain surrounded by flames coming out of the bungalow's chimney.
West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang has urged resident Chad Morrisette to remove the mannequins, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is calling for an investigation into whether the effigy constitutes a hate crime."
Originally posted by Pitrelli
I'm just calling it like I see it, and the fact is that if this was a mock Barack Obama, the people that did it would already be being sued or would already be in jail.
Hate crimes (also known as bias motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation. Hate crime can take many forms. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters.
Originally posted by undinemyth
reply to post by Pitrelli
If I had Obama hanging from a noose in my front yard; Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be marching in my front yard tomorrow. Not only that but my local down town area would be on fire. I don't think ANYONE would consider that display to be art.
These people are nut jobs! IMHO