Noose display now a felony E-mail
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The act of displaying a noose as a threat now is a felony in New York under legislation signed recently by Gov. David A. Paterson. The new crime will be punishable by up to four years in prison. “It is sad that in these modern times there remains a need to address the problem of individuals who use nooses as a means of threat and intimidation,” Paterson said in a statement.

“But it is a reality, and if we ignore it we would be derelict in our duty.”

“We cannot stand by while our fellow New Yorkers are subjected to threats and intimidation through a display of historic symbols of hatred,” said Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who sponsored the Senate version.

Incidents involving nooses have been documented in the basement of the Hempstead Police Department, at a Hempstead Town garage in Roosevelt and on a black professor’s door at Columbia University in Manhattan.

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