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NAACP Wants Authorities To Do More In Nash Cross-Burning Investigation

Posted June 12, 2006

— The NAACP said the Middlesex Police Department in Nash County is not doing enough in the case of a Nash County woman who claimed a cross was burning in her back yard when she got home from work last week.

Mary Few said someone also dragged her husband's tractor through the grass and made several harassing phone calls, which included racial slurs. Someone has also spray-painted the letters, KKK, on the family's home. The incidents have been going on for the past two weeks.

The Middlesex police department said it is conducting an investigation, but does not have any suspects. Last week, Police Chief Charles Ferrell said he had doubts about the motivation behind the vandalism.

"At this point in time, I'm not ready to rule this as a hate crime," he said. "I'm thinking this is more like a grudge or something personal, a vendetta type of thing."

On Monday, members of the Nash County NAACP questioned the chief's objectivity.

"We are tremendously concerned that the public comments made by chief Charles Ferrell are biased and contradictory," said Bill Newkirk, of the Nash County NAACP.

Ferrell told WRAL that he is not biased and his department treats everyone the same way.

The Nash County NAACP is asking that the state Bureau of Investigation and other agencies look into the recent incidents. The Nash County NAACP will be holding a rally at the First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Thursday.


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