February 18, 2014 2:19 pm -

A noose was found around the neck of the statue of James Meredith on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Meredith broke the color barrier there in 1962.

Authorities are investigating the incident and the Ole Miss Alumni Association has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but University Police Chief Calvin Sellers told TPM they “don’t have much” in the way of leads.

A contractor who was performing maintenance on the campus library when the incident is believed to have taken place — between 6:30 and 7 a.m. on Sunday, according to Sellers — said he saw two white males in the area, but didn’t see them at the statue.

The contractor said that the two individuals were shouting racially charged rhetoric like “white power” and the N-word, and both were wearing “camouflage” attire. The latter detail probably doesn’t help much.

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