Police Probe Mock Lynching of Obama in Plains, Georgia

Police Probe Mock Lynching of Obama in Plains, Georgia

Published January 4, 2010

A large Black doll with President Obama’s name attached was found hanging by a noose in downtown Plains, Ga., Saturday, according to the U.S. Secret Service, which says it is investigating the incident.

The doll was hanging along Main Street in front of a red, white and blue sign that read: "Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President," according to a witness.

The tiny southwest Georgia town of Plains has a population of 637 people –  39 percent of whom are White and 60 percent of whom are African American. Both President Carter and wife Rosalynn were born in .8-square-mile community and still live there.

Last year, the former president came under fire for suggesting that GOP-orchestrated attacks against Obama were racially motivated.

Plains Mayor L.E. Godwin III said that the local fire department removed the hanging doll and signs.

Should law enforcement agencies be more aggressive with incidents like this?

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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