JACKSON — The Justice Department says a man has been indicted on federal civil rights charges connected to a noose being put on a statue of the student who integrated the University of Mississippi.
The noose was placed on the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford in February 2014. In 1962, Meredith was the first black student admitted to the university.
The Justice Department says in a news release that Graeme Phillip Harris has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students because of their race or color.
Harris, who is white, was an Ole Miss student when the noose was placed on the statue.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Harris had an attorney to contact for comment.
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