A noose was discovered hanging from a lamp post outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., marking the third such incident on the National Mall in recent weeks. The noose was found Saturday around 3 p.m., U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told HuffPost. Authorities are continuing to investigate how the object got there. Two other nooses were discovered near museums on the National Mall last month. On May 31, tourists visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture found one lying on the floor while walking through an exhibit on segregation. Less than a week earlier, a security guard found a noose hanging from a tree at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The noose is widely regarded as a hate symbol, stemming from the Jim Crow era of mob lynching. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the hangman s noose has come to be one of the most powerful visual symbols directed against African-Americans, comparable in the emotions that it evokes to that of the swastika for Jews. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said there have been several reports of nooses around the nation s capital in the last couple months. Another noose was discovered at a construction site in southeast D.C. earlier this month. Students found bananas hanging in nooses on American University s campus in early May and a noose was discovered in a fraternity house at the University of Maryland in April.
[The MPD] has reached out to offer support to the various establishments where these offenses have occurred, according to a statement released by the MPD. The department will not tolerate illegal behaviors in our city. We encourage anyone with information to contact us at
(Reuters) – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an African-American who became a staunch critic of the Black Lives Matter movement and a supporter of Donald Trump s presidential campaign, has withdrawn his acceptance for a job as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. newspapers reported on Saturday.
Clarke notified Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Friday of his decision, Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke, said in a statement, according to the Washington Post and other newspapers.
Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president s agenda in a more aggressive role, the newspapers quoted Peterson as saying. Neither the agency nor Clarke s office immediately responded to requests for comment. Clarke s decision comes a month after he told radio station WISN in Milwaukee that he would leave his post as sheriff in June to join the Department of Homeland Security.
At the time, a spokeswoman for the agency said no announcement on Clarke had been made. President Trump and Clarke met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles in which Clarke could help advance Trump s agenda, the Washington Post reported, citing Peterson. The Department of Homeland Security – created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon – includes agencies that handle customs, border protection and immigration, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and the Secret Service.
Clarke has come under fire for comments he has made about the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew out of protests over a number of police killings of unarmed black men in various parts of the United States. Clarke has labeled members of the movement subhuman creeps and called for its eradication. Clarke spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July.
Critics have faulted Clarke for his management of a Milwaukee County jail where a mentally ill man died in 2016 of dehydration. An inquest jury recommended that seven employees of the jail be criminally charged.
Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California called Clarke s appointment a disgrace.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle, editing by Louise Heavens)
Though a lot has changed since 2009 (RIP, Lost and Celebrity Family Feud), the strict list of food items that can and can t be brought through security at airports has stayed pretty much the same. You can put on your best French accent, but your fresh-baked Brie is never going to make it past the TSA, which recently updated the list of food items that aren t allowed on flights. When that mid-flight hunger hits, you’ll be munching on a measly bag of pretzels, dreaming of the items below you had to leave behind, as you flip through that SkyMall magazine. Sure, you can get away with cakes, pies, apples, bananas, oranges and sandwiches, but forget trying to get through with these items:
‘ Wine, liquor and beer
‘ Creamy dips and spreads (sorry, guac lovers)
‘ Salad dressings
‘ Oils and vinegars
In general, the TSA allows solid foods to be carried on, or stowed in your checked bag, but liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 ounces are allowed only in checked bags. Not sure if your snack makes the cut? The TSA has an app for that. Wake up to the day’s most important news.