(CNN) — Two men have been arrested in connection with an effigy of Sen. Barack Obama that was hung outside a building at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, police said Thursday.
Joe Fischer, left, and Hunter Bush were arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges, police said.
Authorities found a life-size effigy of the Democratic presidential candidate hanging from a tree outside the school’s Mines and Minerals building on Wednesday morning, police said.
Police said they arrested Joe Fischer, 22, a senior at the university, and Hunter Bush, 21, a former student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
“This was a serious incident. It caused a lot of wounds to be opened from racial tension,” Monroe said.
After following leads and conducting interviews, investigators determined that Fischer and Bush had asked members of a University of Kentucky fraternity for items to make the effigy but did not tell the fraternity members why they wanted them, Monroe said.
Fischer and Bush were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, burglary and theft by unlawful taking, police said. The burglary and theft charges involve allegedly removing items from a room in the fraternity house.
“We had a pre-established dialogue with this fraternity, and they spoke to us very openly and freely,” Monroe said
WEST HOLLYWOOD: Worried that a Halloween display could cast a bad light on the area’s gays, neighbours of a West Hollywood man who hung an effigy of the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, from a noose outside his house have tried to cover up the display.
Residents went to the home and held up blue sheets to try to block its view from passing motorists, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff. Chad Michael Morrisette, a professional window display designer, set up the life-size mannequin of Mrs Palin. The display includes a mock-up of the presidential candidate John McCain sitting in a chimney surrounded by paper flames.
“They told us we respect you as artists, we’re just concerned about the effect on the community,” Mr Morrisette said. “I don’t resent them. I’m not angry at them. I respect their rights.”
Mr Morrisette, 28, said he had talked to West Hollywood’s Mayor, Jeffrey Prang, who told him he respected Mr Morrisette’s right to freedom of speech but urged him to take down the display.
“He said, ‘Think of the bigger picture,’ ” Mr Morrisette said.
“I told the mayor I will have it down by 8am on Saturday. He said, ‘Thank you, the sooner the better.’ ” On Wednesday a city official delivered to Mr Morrisette a thick bundle of printed emails from people upset by the effigy. Jake Stevens, an aide to the mayor, said the city had to assign extra staff to answer angry phone calls.
The television host Keith Olbermann on Monday dubbed Mr Morrisette “today’s worst person in the world”. But the Palin doll, in a beehive wig, glasses and a vintage Neiman Marcus red dress, violated no laws, officials of the US Secret Service said.