Organizers rally against hate crimes in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 18:19:42-04

A rally against hate crimes in Anne Arundel County is scheduled on Wednesday.

The Caucus of African-American Leaders will gathered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial across from the Arundel Center in Annapolis to march to the courthouse in an effort to “call attention to the "noose" cases that will be heard at that court,” organizers said.

Back in May, two 19-year-old men were arrested and charged with a hate crime after a teacher found a noose hanging on a light fixture in front of Crofton Middle School.

Police identified the suspects, Conner Prout and John Haverman, using surveillance video.

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“Anne Arundel County Public Schools have been in the spotlight over the last few years with racially charged events occurring including the hacking of school computers, in which anti-Semitic epithets were left,” organizers said in a news release. “The Wednesday, July 19th demonstration is to call attention to hate crimes in the county. Demonstrators will be carrying anti noose placards.”