'Brentwood is not racist!' Protesters rally after man hangs dummy with Biden sign from noose

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KGO) -- There is outrage Thursday night in the community of Brentwood as a man by the name of Eric Harvey hung a dummy from a noose off of his roof. The mannequin had a sign around it's neck saying "Sleepy Joe (Cheater)."

Black Lives Matter protesters showed up Thursday outside Harvey's house and there was tension as some Trump supporters who live in the neighborhood showed up.

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"That is not okay, that is not okay for him to do that," said Veronica Perez who went on to say "Brentwood is not racist, it's beautiful and we don't support that!"

Harvey took to social media Thursday and said, "Last night I was so pissed off I had a dummy from Halloween hanging by a noose so I made a cardboard sign, put it around it's neck that said, 'Sleepy Joe (Cheater)' on my second story roof.



Police said the Contra Costa District Attorney said the display was not criminal on the basis of offensive expression being protected under the first amendment.

The mannequin was hanging from the second story of the East Bay home when police officers arrived.

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Police said the Contra Costa District Attorney will not be filing charges against the homeowner on the basis of offensive expression being protected under the first amendment.



The mannequin was clothed in a baseball cap, long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. A cardboard sign with the phrase "Sleepy Joe (Cheater)" was displayed on the mannequin's chest.

The dummy's face was covered in what appears to be a black hat or black cloth.

"It's not like he's trying to pretend that it's just Joe Biden, why didn't he put a white doll with Joe Biden on it? Why did it have to be a black person?" said Corena Diaz who protested outside Harvey's house Thursday night.
Police say the homeowner agreed to take the mannequin down.

Though the incident is not considered criminal, the investigation has now been forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, Brentwood police said.

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