Nooses found at MS state Capitol one day before special election

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He says the matter is under investigation, and he did not immediately know what was on the signs. Anyone with information about the "several suspects" likely responsible has been asked to contact the department.

A MS official says two nooses and six signs were found on the grounds of the MS state Capitol. "DPS will make public more information on this incident as it becomes available in order to help ID these individuals". Espy's criminal indictments while agriculture secretary, for which he was acquitted at trial, and his lucrative work as a lobbyist for a former president of the Ivory Coast in western Africa now on trial in the Hague for alleged crimes against humanity.

MS voters are deciding a racially charged Senate election that has dredged up the Deep South state's ugly past. "We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims", a fourth sign read.

The sign above refers to the case of Willie Jones Jr, a black man who was found hanging from a tree earlier this year.

According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mississippi had the highest number of lynchings in the nation from 1882 to 1968. There were 4,743 lynchings in the United States between 1882 and 1968 and nearly three-quarters of the victims were black, according to NAACP. "That's happened many times before".

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On judges, immigration, taxes and trade, Ms. Hyde-Smith would back his agenda while Mr.

Espy, who is a lawyer, said: "I found out later that this guy, the president, was a really bad guy".

Hurst added, "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". Cindy Hyde Smith as he campaigned for her Monday in Tupelo and Biloxi on the eve of Tuesday's runoff election against Democrat Mike Espy.

During a debate last week, Espy, who is black, said Hyde-Smith, who is white, gave the state of MS "another black eye" on racial issues after a video shared to Twitter earlier this month showed the Republican embracing cattle rancher Colin Hutchinson as she said "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row".

Despite Hyde-Smith's comments on "public hangings", and other ties to an allegedly racist past, her chances of winning another term as a U.S. Senator representing the state of MS are promising.