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Doll hanging from noose found at church

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Laurel City Police are trying to determine who hung a doll from a noose in front of an African American church on Laurel Park Drive sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, authorities said.

A maintenance man discovered the doll, which was hanging from a tree in front of the City of Zion Church, about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, said Gregory Strong, the church's pastor. Someone had written racial slurs all over the doll, along with references to President Barack Obama, he said.

"This was meant to rattle our congregation," Strong said. "Very disturbing, very disturbing."

Strong said he immediately called police, and the doll was removed before congregants arrived for Sunday services. He said he believed the doll was meant to scare congregants on the eve of Election Day.

"This was not coincidence," he said.

Jim Collins, a Laurel City Police spokesman, said officers fingerprinted the doll and rope and remained in the area undercover looking for suspects. But there are still no leads, he said.

He said the words used and the way they were written indicate the doll was not a teenage act of vandalism, but rather, an orchestrated effort by an adult. He said police have received no reports of similar incidents in recent weeks, but they will investigate this one thoroughly.

"This was something that somebody really planned," he said. "We would love to apprehend these people."

--Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 1, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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WOW!!! Is it really 2010?

Posted by: gscarbor | November 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Faux, Glenn, Rush, and Sarah.

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Faux, Glenn, Rush, and Sarah.

Posted by: ceefer66 | November 1, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

When I hear a white person try to say racism no longer exist in America, i quickly remind them that my parents who were born in the 40's are still alive and so are the people who wanted segregated schools and whites only signs. Hatred is taught, it is not something your born with and those same hateful people throughtout U.S. history are still passing along their hatred.

Posted by: bobby31 | November 1, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I am not suprised

Posted by: dc4life | November 1, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I am not suprised

Posted by: dc4life | November 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This is the best they could do? A doll with a noose? get creative, racists! This is amateur night...

Posted by: lesleyd | November 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

It is truly disheartening to read some of this, coward can say hurtful things behind the cover of anonimity. I say if you really feel all this hatred and it's truly in your spirit, stand up and claim it, otherwise keep it to yourself. Intelligent people find concensus at some point, don't you think?

Posted by: 4ourfuture | November 1, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

In the year 2010 we're still dealing with ugly racism. People who commit these acts must really not like their self. This election cycle has proven that racism is resilient and pervasive.You have certain segments of society who feel threatened by the changing landscape. They talk about taking the country back to a time where only the privileged prospered.Greed is unattractive and divisive!

Posted by: hritewing | November 1, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Thank you, Faux, Glenn, Rush, and Sarah"

Oh PUH-LEASE! They had zilch to do with this. This SET UP is SOOOO transparent. Dollars to donuts the perpetrator is a member of this church or the black community and/or an activist for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: jiji1 | November 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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