FBI, PPSO investigating noose, racist graffiti on Mississippi River
POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Belle Chasse (NBC33) — The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office reported on Thursday, May 8, that they are investigating racist images found on the Mississippi River in the 14300 block of Highway 23 in Belle Chasse.
According to police, they received a report on Monday, April 28, about a noose hanging from a willow tree on the river.
Police also found two K’s spray painted on the tree. Nearby on the cement levee, someone had also spray painted the words “white power.”
PPSO called in the FBI New Orleans Civil Rights Squad to assist with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.
Sheriff Lonnie Greco said, “This type of offensive behavior is disheartening, unacceptable, and has no place in society. The individual(s) found to be responsible will be held accountable.”
Anyone with information on this incident should contact the PPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 504-392-1652 or the FBI New Orleans Field Office at 504-816-3000.