Three Suspects In Meredith Statue Vandalism Case Have Retained Legal Services
James Meredith Statue, Oxford
UPDATE - 2/21/14, 4:52pm:Special Agent in Charge, Daniel McMullen announced today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the University Police Department, will expand the investigation of the desecration of the statute of James Meredith, commemorating the integration of the University of Mississippi, for potential violations of federal law. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the FBI at (601) 948-5000.UPDATE - 2/21/14, 9:29am: According to an article on the Ole Miss website, 3 white male students from Georgia are suspects in the vandalism of the James Meredith statue located on the campus. The article says University Police have gathered enough evidence against two of the three student suspects to bring charges. All three students have retained legal council and their lawyer is not allowing any questioning to happen without an arrest warrant.
Campus police at the University of Mississippi are checking video surveillance footage in the area around a statue of James Meredith that was found sullied Sunday morning.
University Police Chief Calvin Sellers says his officers responded to the call Sunday at 7:09 a.m. They found the rope noose and a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with the Confederate "bars and stars" on its face. Sellers says two men were seen near the statute early Sunday.
Ole Miss is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two men involved in sullying the James Meredith statue.
The statue commemorates the 1962 integration of Ole Miss.
Ole Miss officials have condemned the action as contrary to the beliefs and values of the university community. The FBI is also providing assistance in this investigation, as requested by the University Police Department.\
The FBI released the following statement in regards to the incident at Ole Miss: Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, stated: “The FBI is looking into the circumstances regarding this incident, which we take very seriously. These actions may constitute a federal offense if they were intended to threaten someone because of their race and in connection with their use of an educational facility. Federal threat of force cases are very fact specific, and we do not have sufficient information at this time to determine if a federal crime has occurred.”
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