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Investigation underway after alleged racially charged comment

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jul 07, 2020

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lawrenceburg police are investigating after some people claimed an encounter became physical because of someone's racially charged comment. The incident happened outside a city council meeting as leaders and members of the public discussed whether a confederate monument should stay where it is.

Cell phone video of the incident shows the encounter as people waited outside a meeting discussing if the monument should stay or be removed. Some witnesses claim a woman told a black man she would hang him in her yard. Criminal complaints were filed against the woman. Lawrenceburg police say they're investigating the incident and looking at several videos and interviewing all the witnesses to see if charges should be filed.

Allison Zeller, who witnessed the incident, says she believes charges are warranted and that this kind of hate shouldn't be tolerated.

"It is really important that this town and Kentucky know that racism is very real and very much alive because I experienced with my family first-hand last night," Zeller said.