That, apparently, is a Halloween decoration on Route 145 in Salisbury Township, south of Allentown, and a few local resident aren’t too pleased with it.
But, local police apparently say that nothing can be done about it because of free speech and the right to bear dummies hanging from nooses.
Displayed in the parking lot of the defunct Mountainside Restaurant on the hill of S. 4th St. is a wooden noose with a dangling dummy. What is fun & decorative about this image?
Edit: Nooses are covered under the first amendment unless you can prove its a hate crime. Because it stands alone, the argument for it being part of a “halloween” display wouldn’t add up. There’s no context to it. Seems like its intent is to send a message of intimidation.
It is not only offensive it is a safety hazard. I have seen several accidents almost occur because people are so shocked by what they are seeing that they become distracted. One car almost slammed into the vehicle in front of them.
Not only that, it is a poor reflection of what the Salisbury Township PD allows in their community. Thankful to the residents who have called and placed a complaint and who will be calling.
Anyone who would like to call the Salisbury Township police dept, here is their phone # to Call & place a complaint:
Salisbury Township Police: (610) 797-1447
Address: 3000 S Pike Ave, Allentown, PA 18103
Mountainside Restaurant Address: 2720 S. Pike Ave. (Fourth Street) SOURCE: Facebook
Now, there is a part of me that initially doesn’t see a problem with it because it’s freedom of speech, etc.
However, then I thought about what I would think if this thing was sitting across the street from my living room window.
I mean, sure, it’s Halloween. It’s time to be scary and such. But, this type of “decoration” seems more suited for a haunted house or something.
Besides, if hangings are not something you’re totally into, would you really want to drive home to this every night?
What do you think? Not a rhetorical question. I’m actually really interested in what you think about this…