Nooses found hanging at Mississippi Capitol

Nooses found hanging at Mississippi Capitol

WLBT in Jackson reports State Capitol police found two nooses and several signs around 7:15 a.m.

Two nooses and hate signs were removed from the Mississippi State Capitol Monday morning.

Since the comments, the runoff election between Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy in the ruby red state has become increasingly close, with some Republicans fearing the party may see a repeat of what happened in the Alabama special election previous year that saw Democrat Doug Jones defeat Roy Moore.

Hyde-Smith has come under additional scrutiny in the intervening days after a photo showing her wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier made the rounds on social media, as did a video in which she mused about making it harder for "liberal folks" to vote. She later apologized "to anyone that was offended". The Trump-endorsed candidate told the supporter that "if he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be in the front row".


At a midday event, before the content of the signs was disclosed, Espy said he knew nothing about the nooses or signs.

"Let us all respond to these despicable acts by voting, working, raising our families, practicing our faith, and pursuing the American dream here in our great state without fear or trepidation and in harmony with our fellow citizens", Hurst said. MS is preparing for a U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday between Republican Sen.

Espy is seeking to become the first African-American U.S. senator from MS since Reconstruction.

Hyde-Smith campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan later condemned the nooses by saying: "Obviously, this behavior is offensive and has no place in a civilized society". MS has a long history of racially-motivated lynchings of black people and of suppressing voters. It says MS had 581 lynching during that time, the highest number of any state.

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