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Portland man arrested for mailing noose to NAACP leader
10:19 AM PDT on Thursday, October 8, 2009
By MICHAEL ROLLINS, Kgw.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Portland man was arrested Wednesday and accused of civil rights and mail violations for sending a noose in February 2008 to a regional director of the NAACP in Cleveland.
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Daniel Lee Jones
Daniel Lee Jones, 33, is alleged to have used the Postal Service to send a noose to the home of Jason Upthegrove.
The FBI said Jones sent hate literature to residents of Lima, Ohio, where an African American woman was recently shot by a police officer. During that time, Upthegrove was speaking out in the community against the mailings and for equal police service for African Americans.
“A noose is an unmistakable symbol of hatred and violence in our nation, conjuring up images of a despicable period in our history. Mailing a noose to an individual who advocates for racial equality sends a clear threat of violence,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
If guilty of mailing threatening communications, Jones faces a maximum of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If guilty of interfering with federally protected activities, he faces up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Background: Nazi flags in Tigard
The Portland Independent Media Center, a self-described political activist group which also tracks hate groups, describes Jones as behind the flying of Nazi flags from helium balloons around the Portland area in spring 2008 and Nazi banners from freeway overpasses. The group said he organized a hate gathering a month ago outside Vancouver.