I beg to differ with the findings and intended follow-up action of the Evanston Police Department regarding the noose event: It is NOT a misdemeanor nor simply “disorderly conduct.”
This act raises the specter of the horrors of our national past and the ongoing horrors of our present.
Literally thousands of men, women, and children met their tragic fate at the end of one of these nooses, and thousands more still experience the same, while not today by ropes but by knees on the neck, bullets in the back, or as objects of mass incarceration.
I am frightened and dismayed that such a thing could occur in Evanston, and more so that it is dismissed as simply “misdemeanor disorderly conduct.”
Visit the graphic images of what such nooses have led to and see if it is merely “disorderly conduct.”
Furthermore, the act of hanging those nooses would not seem to have been accomplished as just a prank by a minor, without the knowledge, assistance, and consent of some superintending adult. How/where could a child obtain the ropes? How/why was a child permitted to be out that late at night alone? What assistance was needed to hang the ropes, and by whom? What is the accountability to be applied to those who were, or should have been, supervising him during the time period of the act? I am stunned, appalled, and frightened by this symbol of our horrific past and present; it is no less an equivalent to a Confederate flag.