updated 2:14 PM UTC, Sep 27, 2016

Homeowner Hangs Nooses On Property To Discourage Thieves

Homeowner Hangs Nooses On Property To Discourage Thieves

( 4UMF NEWS ) Homeowner Hangs Nooses On Property To Discourage Thieves:

Oklahoma drivers were stunned this weekend when they saw a group of nooses displayed along the side of a highway.

Mounds resident Merle Martindale had grouped the nooses with the sign, “It’s best not to be hanging around this area after dark.”

The homeowner told KJRH that the display was not meant to be racist, but was meant to discourage potential thieves. He said he has been the victim of violent crime.

Some outraged motorists pulled over after seeing the nooses.

“If you think of a noose in America, it doesn’t represent anything but what used to happen to African Americans,” Terrance Reed told the station. “He got the right to do what he wants to do, he’s got a right to feel what he wanna feel, but I got a right to be angry about it too, and I’m angry.”

“It bothers me. It’s humiliating,” driver Dennis Varner told KJRH. “It’s discrimination, and America shouldn’t put up with it.”

Martindale wasn’t breaking any laws by having the display, Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice said, but the display was taken down later this weekend.

“If you put up a sign that says I advise you not to hang around here after dark, you’re making a statement,” Reed told the station.

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