The Louisiana resident, 18, faces federal hate-crime, conspiracy charges for allegedly displaying hangman’s nooses from the back of a pickup truck during a civil rights march last year in Jena, Louisiana. As you will recall , thousands of marchers were protesting handling of several racially charged incidents.
Jeremiah Munsen, 18, of Grant Parish, repeatedly drove slowly past a group of marchers gathered at a bus depot in Alexandria, which is near Jena, as they awaited buses to return them to Tennessee, federal authorities said Thursday. Munsen and an unnamed conspirator had attached nooses to their pickup on September 20 and driven to Alexandria specifically to threaten and intimidate the marchers, the authorities said.
A juvenile passenger was apprehended with Munsen, according to the arresting officer’s report. The juvenile told police he and his family are in the Ku Klux Klan and that he had “KKK” tattooed on his chest, the police report said. He also said that he tied the nooses and that brass knuckles found in the truck belonged to him, the report said.
“This indictment accuses the defendant [Munsen] of conduct that constitutes a federal civil rights conspiracy violation and a federal hate crime,” said U.S. Attorney Donald Washington.