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12-year-old Given Doll with Noose Of Beads

GULFPORT, MS (Ben Caxton) — Police are investigating what they are calling a “hate crime” in Bay St. Louis. According to reports, a 12-year-old girl was given a black-doll with beads wrapped around its neck in a noose by someone on one of the floats in a Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras parade. The girl’s mother said she was called to the float to get a Mardi Gras throw. As the girl was running back to her family clutching the toy, she was called backed to the float where the man who gave it to her said to her “That’s you.” She reported the incident to police who are investigating.

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