Protestors Block View of Palin Prop

Effigy 'harmless,' feds say

A coverup is going on Wednesday at a West Hollywood home where a controversial Halloween display shows a Sarah Palin effigy hanging by a noose.

Protesters put up a pair of white sheets on sticks in effort to hide the display from the street.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Oscar Butao says nobody at the house has complained so far, but conceivably those who put up the sheets could be cited for trespassing or infringing on free speech rights.

The display features a Palin mannequin dangling from the roof and a John McCain effigy surrounded by fake flames coming out of the chimney.  The Secret Service looked into the display and said there was no threat.

Deputy Special Agent in Charge Wayne Williams said so far it seems to be a harmless -- though unusual display.  Williams told The Associated Press they are not treating it as a threat.

West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang has urged resident Chad Morrisette to remove the mannequins, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is calling for an investigation into whether the effigy constitutes a hate crime.

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