The New York Police Department has removed a scarecrow from a tree in Brooklyn after residents complained that it resembled a lynching.
The scarecrow was taken down after protests from neighbors and City Councilman Eric Barron, who says the scarecrow, which was painted darkly and hanging from a tree, has no place on city streets.
“It’s unacceptable,” Barron told CBS New York. “You ain’t speaking for this whole community because some people on this block came by and said it was offensive. They came and said it was offensive. It’s not a cool decoration.”
Others in the community said the display was no big deal, and that the scarecrow has been hanging every Halloween for years. Nicole Clemente told News 1 in New York that the person responsible was just trying to get in the Halloween spirit.
“I don’t think that that portrays lynching,” Clemente said. “I mean, it’s Halloween, that’s part of the Halloween spirit. When I see a jack-o-lantern with a scary face on, I don’t get scared and think monsters are going to come get me.”
According to reports, NYPD authorities wanted to speak with the owner of the house, but could not locate him. Instead, they took the scarecrow down on the grounds that it is illegal to hang objects from city trees.