Ex-Ole Miss Student Charged for Noose on Statue

A former University of Mississippi student was indicted Friday on federal civil rights charges for allegedly hanging a rope and a flag featuring the Confederate battle flag around the neck of a statue of James Meredith, the university's first black student. The Department of Justice said that Graeme Phillip Harris was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights and using a threat of force to intimidate African American students because of their race or color. A spokesman for the university said Harris withdrew from Ole Miss in the spring of 2014, not long after the incident. The DOJ added that three members of the University of Mississippi Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter were thought to have hanged the rope and flag around the statue.