Florida sheriff decries hanging mannequin in police uniform

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This image taken from Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office Twitter page shows a photograph depicting the mock lynching of a mannequin dressed in what appeared to be the uniform of a law enforcement officer. Authorities are investigating, Saturday, June 20, 2020, after motorists saw a startling scene as they drove along a Florida interstate: a mannequin dressed in a police uniform dangling from a rope at an overpass. Emergency crews in Jacksonville were called to investigate a possible suicide, which turned out to be a mannequin hanging from an Interstate 95 overpass. (Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office via AP)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, are investigating after motorists saw a startling scene Saturday morning as they drove along a Florida interstate: a mannequin dressed in a police uniform dangling from a rope at an overpass.

Emergency crews in Jacksonville were called to investigate a possible suicide. But when they got there, they discovered a mannequin hanging from an Interstate 95 overpass wearing a pig mask and dressed in a New York City police uniform.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the incident was “extremely disturbing” and a deliberate attempt to stoke anti-police sentiment.

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