Mississippi legislator wants law to prevent monument vandals

The damaged side of the Mississippi Freedom Trail marker at Bryant's Grocery on Money Road is seen on Monday, June 26, 2017, in Money, Miss. In late April, vandals bludgeoned the sign, damaging the vinyl cover.Kathryn Eastburn/The Greenwood Commonwealth, via AP)
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A Mississippi lawmaker who said weeks ago that people should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments is now criticizing the vandalism of a historical marker about a lynching that galvanized the civil rights movement.

Rep. Karl Oliver's district includes the community of Money, where black teenager Emmett Till was kidnapped and killed in 1955 for whistling at a white woman in a grocery store.

During the past two weeks, someone obliterated photos and other information about Till on a marker outside the shuttered store.

In a statement first reported in the Greenwood Commonwealth, Oliver said the damage to the Till marker in Money is "the exact same destruction I seek to prevent across our state."

The Republican has said he wants a state law to prevent the destruction of monuments.

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