Halloween display angers Charlotte residents
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CHARLOTTE-- People who live in Plaza Midwood go all out when it comes to Halloween.
"You get a ton of traffic on this road and a lot of people will just stop and unload vans which is just great," said Jon Gunn.
Almost every doorstep, front yard and porch are filled with pumpkins and other Halloween displays.
"That way you know tonight which houses want you to come and trick-or-treat with your kids and which ones want you to stay away," said Gunn.
Neighbors say it's a progressive neighborhood with people of all different backgrounds and political beliefs so when they heard about the spectacle right here in the Plaza Midwood area, they were shocked.
"When I saw the image of president Obama with what looked like a noose and it's attached to a tree, it just really kind of was wild," said Gunn.
Gunn says a few days ago his children and their friends spotted the dummy with a picture of the president covering its face, hanging from a tree. Gunn says the spectacle forced his wife to have a difficult conversation with their children.
"Once she got her composure, she felt obligated to explain lynching to the 9 and 11-year -old, which I really didn't anticipate doing at this age," said Gunn. "Everyone needs to be aware of this but it really didn't cross my mind."
We went to the home where the display was located. Cars were in the driveway but no one answered. About an hour later, the display was removed. But, people who live in the area say the issue still needs to be addressed.
"I don't see the problem as, 'hey take that down and everything is cool,' it's that somebody went ahead and did it is the big issue," said Gunn.
We contacted the city of Charlotte code who told us that since the display was on private property, it is up to the Homeowners Association to enforce images considered a public nuisance.