Posted on August 7, 2009

California Bans Threatening Noose Displays

AP, Aug. 6, 2009

California law already bans threatening displays of swastikas and burning crosses [on someone else’s property or at a school or workplace]. Now add nooses to the list.

On Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation making such displays punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.


[The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Wilma Carter] after noose hangings were displayed in several Halloween decorations last year. Two such displays were effigies of then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will not ban displays by a homeowner, which are considered constitutionally protected speech.