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Pearl billboard removed amid controversy

The billboard, which was first noticed last week, showed the famous picture "Two Minute Warning": A group of black men in peaceful protest in Selma, Alabama in 1965, just before state troopers beat them. Source: WLBT The billboard, which was first noticed last week, showed the famous picture "Two Minute Warning": A group of black men in peaceful protest in Selma, Alabama in 1965, just before state troopers beat them. Source: WLBT
"It could mean that they're acknowledging police brutality and they want to do something about it, or it could be racist," one man said. Source: WLBT "It could mean that they're acknowledging police brutality and they want to do something about it, or it could be racist," one man said. Source: WLBT
Governor Bryant has seen the billboard and calls it reprehensible. Source: WLBT Governor Bryant has seen the billboard and calls it reprehensible. Source: WLBT
Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers said, "I don't like the ad, but there's a lot of things in life I don't like and sometimes there's nothing I can do about it. This is one of these cases." Source: WLBT Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers said, "I don't like the ad, but there's a lot of things in life I don't like and sometimes there's nothing I can do about it. This is one of these cases." Source: WLBT
The billboard was removed on Monday. Source: WLBT The billboard was removed on Monday. Source: WLBT
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A controversial billboard in Pearl has been removed after it fueled much controversy on social media and gained national attention. 

The billboard, which was first noticed last week, showed the famous picture "Two Minute Warning": A group of black men in peaceful protest in Selma, Alabama in 1965, just before state troopers beat them.

Donald Trump's campaign slogan "Make America great again" was written across the picture. The billboard was put up by a group called For Freedoms, who said that they intended to spark political conversation.

It's certainly did that, but people weren't really sure what to make of the sign.

"It could mean that they're acknowledging police brutality and they want to do something about it, or it could be racist," one man said.

"I mean, it could be taken racist, but I think it's there to show that cops are there to protect you, and they're there to help you," Madison Hall said.

Lizzy Brackett thinks the billboard has a positive message. 

"I don't see anything wrong with it. That's true that there have been too many killings that's senseless to me," she said. "So yeah, we need to get back to where we can trust the police again, where we feel safe."

Governor Bryant has seen the billboard and calls it reprehensible.

"It's disappointing that this group would use this image as an attempt to divide the country," said the governor.

Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers said, "I don't like the ad, but there's a lot of things in life I don't like and sometimes there's nothing I can do about it. This is one of these cases."

Rogers originally said the billboard doesn't violate any laws or city ordinances, adding that as long as it's not vulgar, the city has no control over it. But on Friday, he announced that he had contacted the company responsible for the billboard and they agreed to take it down. 

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