However drivers like Reed say that Martindale’s message isn’t coming across as intended. “It bothers me. It’s humiliating,” driver Dennis Varner told KJRH. “It’s discrimination, and America shouldn’t put up with it.”
“If you put up a sign that says I advise you not to hang around here after dark, you’re making a statement,” said Reed told KFOR.
Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice says that Martindale is not in violation of any laws by having the nooses on display.
Drivers who find the nooses offensive said they hoped that Martindale will remove the display.
“They’re better than this. They shouldn’t have this stuff thrown at their face,” said Varner.
“We’re all human beings, we all got to be on this earth, and we all need to love each other. That’s the way God intended it to be,” said Reed.
According to KJRH, Martindale’s wife says her husband has since taken down the display.