Saturday, February 22
(Oxford, MS) -- University of Mississippi police say they have three suspects in connection with the defacing of the statue of civil rights pioneer James Meredith. Earlier this week, a noose was placed around the neck of the statue of Meredith, who was the first black student admitted to Ole Miss in 1962. The university said the suspects are all freshman from Georgia and members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. The fraternity announced it would not only expel the students from the organization but will indefinitely suspend the entire Ole Miss chapter. The incident occurred the same week a female African-American student reported to police that someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car and shouted racial slurs as she walked near campus.