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Lawmakers consider noose display as hate crime

Sparked by two recent accounts of intimidation, some Shenandoah Valley legislators are considering whether the display of a hangman’s noose should be categorized as a hate crime in the Virginia code.

According to this account in the Daily News Record, most Harrisonburg-area lawmakers would favor the change.

The paper reports that the EEOC is looking into complaints of noose displays at a business in Elkton.  In a separate case, a Massanutten Resort employee pleaded guilty to assault for using a noose to intimidate a co-worker.

UPDATE:  Also from the hate-crime desk, we have this report from the Bristol Herald Courier on the defacing of an Obama campaign sign in Abingdon.

By Peter Vieth

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