Gallows Display Has District Attorney & Others Concerned

Authorities in Duplin County say they are caught between first amendment rights and hate speech concerns.

This after a Faison man erected a huge roadside display which shows government officials hung in effigy. The display is on Warren Road, between Faison and Warsaw.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson, who is one of those officials, says state, local and federal authorities are now investigating. He says he'll meet with the county sheriff, who is also represented in the display, to see if anything can be done.

Hudson says while property owner Lacy Phipps has first amendment rights, he is concerned that the display is almost like hate speech.

Phipps told reporters he put up the gallows to bring attention to his problems with the government and says he doesn't want to physically harm anyone.

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