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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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    I hope one day to be in a gated community. If I were you, I'll say to miketyndal... "Security, do not let anyone in without my permission, if they get past you, blow out all four tires, with the shotgun, and call the police." Sheriff, You are welcome. miketydnal, do you wish to live in a gated community?
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    To Cactus, "DON'T GET IT TWISTED." The display was a form of ignorance. It represented past slavery symbolism. The fight that was endured by ALL Civil Rights Activist was not in vain.I will not sit by and say, "oh, well. He did it to prove a point." If anyone believes that the "noose" was a simple rope, must not be familiar with history or the civil rights laws. Mr. Phillips and his family made a very poor choice about items they decided to use as props to degrade those in authority. However, I am not insensitive to their fight for justice of a murdered child, but they handled their situation wrong, which it has offended me very much. The freedom that I was given will never be casually disregarded by someone who may later say, "opps, I'm sorry." The display was an offensive hate symbolism. I hope that Mr. Phillips is prosecuted to the fullest, so the next person may not "get it twisted" in proving their point.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 22, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    blake wallace was not sheriif when these hillbillies started acting up in the 80's.you want justice served, but with no evedence the defendants will go free. then what,condem the legal system for charging a person with no evedence? they are sneaky , sneaky , sneaky. you don't know them like the legal community knows them. trust me!! if they lived in your county , they would try everything they could everytime a new sheriff comes in. just give them time, they will do anything, believe me , there is no life guard in the phipps "gene pool"
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 22, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    TO MR T IN LANC,you do not even know what you are talking about.there is a minority judge up there PAUL HARDISON,if you look close,he is a black mannequin.i have had to deal with these people.they are nothing but a bunch of militant hillbillies.lacy's brother stacey don't even like lacy.they are mean and sneaky. land sqautters that like to stir up trouble.go live on warren road for a while and they will introduce themselves to you!they are always trying to stir everything up.i have arrested lacy myself on a warrant someone else had taken out on him,he is no dummy by no means,but if it doesn't go HIS way he stirs things up.he carries the u.s. constitutin in his overalls.he did not even go to the murder trial when his son was killed.he wanted the body from the hospital that night and did not want his son to go to the morgue. they are crazy tail hillbillies that are militants against any government.also i do not think mike tyndal posted the comments at june 21 9:02pm. someone else done it!
  • by miketyndal Location: duplin on Jun 21, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    can anyone answer this question ,how can duplin sheriff blake wallace live in river landing which is a gated community ?the law states that the sheriff must be able for citizens to contact him or come to him 24hrs a day .how can i get to him if he is hiding in the gated community in river landing ?isnt he breaking the county rule?how can a 50,000.00 yr salary build a home an purchase land in riverlanding???????????
  • by Garth Location: Wayne's World on Jun 20, 2009 at 12:50 AM
    If it's such a big problem in the community then why doesn't the community do something about it? Of course local government isn't going to do anything without several months of deciding what they can legally do, there is an issue of the First Amendment tying their hands so the community should act instead. Petition, protest, something that will pressure him to take it down. My personal suggestion, anyone remember what they did in the first Porky's movie? Hint Hint... lol.
  • by Dave on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:15 PM
    Black people will always be the victims no matter what.
  • by To Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:13 PM
    I 100% agree with you! I'm so tired of hearing people say that. I'm not Irish American. I'm American. People like to use it as an excuse, what happened in the past, happened in the past, quit tryin to victimize yourselves.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 19, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Wanda,Kenansville: Are you demanding your own JUSTICE, or are you requesting? The noose is a rope. What make you think it is directed at (African) Americans. Question, are you African or American. My family dates back to England, but I am 100% American. By your own statemant you are African first and American second.
  • by Michael Location: Downtown Merritt on Jun 19, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    If they would do a"good" job they would not have to be concerned. I only wish I could get the people in Pamlico to do the same thing.
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