Suspicious package with racial slurs discovered in parking garage connected to Seale trial

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson police turned over to the F-B-I today (Thursday) a package containing racial slurs that was left in the parking garage of a hotel located next door to the federal courthouse in downtown Jackson.

Jackson Police Department Emergency Operations Division commander Loris Taylor says the package was spotted by an Edison-Walthall hotel employee about 7:30 a-m and police were notified.

Taylor described the package as a one-foot-by-one-foot postal ready envelope.

While a bomb squad was called to the scene, police DIDN'T evacuate the courthouse, the hotel or nearby office buildings.

However, police DID shut down the parking garage and a city street that runs behind the hotel.

Taylor would NOT elaborate on the contents of the package. He says papers officers found when they opened the package contained racial slurs.

And the papers questioned the tactics of the government in handling the trial of reputed Klansman James Ford Seale.

Seale is on trial for federal conspiracy and kidnapping charges related to the deaths of two black teenagers in 1964.

Taylor says it took about two hours for police to remove the package from the parking garage.

Taylor says the package was turned over to the FBI after it was determined to not be an explosive or contain a dangerous substance.

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