HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (AP/WXXV) — A 12-year-old-girl received a black doll with beads forming a noose around its neck at a Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras parade.
Officials said Monday police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Nicole Fairconeture of Pass Christian says she and her family were attending a parade Sunday when a man riding on one of the floats called her daughter to get a Mardi Gras throw.
Fairconeture says the doll was black and was dressed like a slave. She told The Sun Herald newspaper the man told her daughter: “That’s you.”
The upset mother found police and handed the doll to the officers. Her uncle later filed a police report.
Waveland Mayor Mike Smith says the incident is being reviewed as a hate crime.
On Monday, the Bay St. Louis Police Department released a statement saying they are working in conjunction with the Waveland Police Department to investigate the incident.