(KSL-TV) A Utah man says he won't take down a hanged man decoration that's part of his annual Halloween display, despite a complaint from the NAACP that the decoration simulates the lynching of African-Americans.
"When I was making it in the first place, it never crossed my mind at all, 'Hey, one day someone might take offense to it,'" Kevin Van Miltenberg said. "I don't make these to be offensive at all. I just make them for fun and for people to enjoy."
Van Miltenberg has been building animatronic displays for Halloween for the past six years, adding new lifesize decorations to his front yard each year. The 7-foot-tall hanged man — dressed in denim with a hood over its head and white plastic hands bound behind its back — was the first animatronic prop he built.
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