Police weigh charges in case of hanging doll

July 05, 1996|By Diana K. Sugg | Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police plan to confer today with the state's attorney's office to determine whether two men should be charged for hanging a Confederate flag and a black-painted doll from a noose at a Woodstock trailer park.

An anonymous person called police about 1: 30 p.m. yesterday after seeing the objects at Granite Mobile Home Park, said Cpl. Jim Conaboy. Officers discovered the flag strung along a telephone guide pole, and the doll hung from a nearby tree. The doll had been colored black, and anti-abortion statements were written on its clothes, Conaboy said. A meat cleaver was embedded in the tree.

Because the items were on the property of one of the men, it was unclear whether there was a victim or whether a law had been violated, Conaboy said. He would not identify the men.

"As repulsive as it is, it's not necessarily criminal," Conaboy said. Officers removed the doll, flag and cleaver.

One woman who has lived in the park at 10600 Davis Road about two years said the incident frightened her. She moved from Baltimore's Brooklyn area to Woodstock, a semirural part of Woodlawn, to escape such things.

"It was almost like we were isolated, and now I see we're not," said the woman, who was afraid to be named.

Two residents upset by the display said Confederate flags occasionally have been flown around the park. In one case, residents said they were disturbed by the flag but were afraid to ask the flag's owner to remove it. He left the park last fall.

"I think it's awful," said one resident, "but most of the people here are really nice."

Pub Date: 7/05/96

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