From the Daily Comet:
THIBODAUX - A Thibodaux police officer has been suspended and could face dismissal for displaying a hangman’s noose from the rearview mirror of his personal car while it was parked on city property.
Cpl. Michael Rodrigue was suspended Tuesday following complaints made to Thibodaux Police Chief Craig Melancon by other officers about the noose.
The noose had been seen dangling from the rearview mirror of the personal pickup Rodrigue regularly parked in the police department’s parking lot.
“I do not know what possible justification he could have for a symbol both you and I know is absolutely insulting,” Melancon said.
“It is not a shoe string. It is a piece of rope and it was hanging from his rearview mirror, and it was not difficult to see this hangman’s noose.”
I hope that they fire him, and quickly. The symbol is more than insulting. It is threatening. It is a reminder of terrible times in the past, and it shows that racism is alive and well in my town.
Burnell Tolbert, president of the Lafourche Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Thursday that he gives a good grade to Thibodaux officials, including Melancon, for acting swiftly on the matter. He also saw it as a good sign that other officers, both white and black, expressed distaste for the display.
But he also said the department moves much more slowly when it comes to complaints from civilians about alleged police misconduct.
The pay for policemen here is quite low. You can't hire the best people on the salaries offered. Nevertheless, that's no excuse. What idiocy! What meanness! Corporal Rodrigue must go.