After two decades of living and working in Manhattan, this average New Yorker believed he had seen everything. Today proved that to be a false assumption.
Walking out of the Blaze headquarters on 6th Avenue in Midtown, I encountered this very strange vehicle driving up the street.
The flatbed trailer being pulled by the pickup truck appears to have eight bodies hanging in effigy. Of course my eye was drawn to the body in the center of the display and the sign with a Presidential Seal (of sorts) and the name President Obama.
Carrying only a smartphone camera, I clicked as many photos as I could before the truck drove out of sight. This one offered clues that would eventually explain more about the purpose of this bizarre display.
On the back of the "Hanging Truck" one of the signs reads:
Obama Is Onboard, Find Out Why. Visit YouTube.com And Search Keyword PatriotPhipps
Wait a minute. Someone is driving around Manhattan with the President hanging in effigy on a truck? Why? The YouTube search proved fruitful (if not more bizarre than the scene above).
Apparently the truck belongs to someone named VR Phipps from North Carolina. Mr Phipps believes that some of his family members were murdered by local law enforcement and a massive cover-up has successfully prevented him from getting justice. So, Phipps did something very bizarre... he built a gallows in his backyard and also constructed a hanging truck. In the early version (pictured below) VR only had six people dangling. The current version seen today has a judge, a highway patrolman, former Attorney General, the current Governor of North Carolina, a chief counsel, and a county sheriff.
Mr. Phipps phone number has been covered up as a courtesy. We have called Phipps in hopes of getting further clarification of his story. As of this writing, he has not returned our calls. However, we do have a couple of YouTube videos from Phipps explaining some of his issues with law enforcement and "Goverment."
First - "President Obama Visits The Hanging Truck"
The President also was treated to a close-up visit to the Phipps Gallows.
Mr Phipps also has a blog that presents his case to the public. But, the public may not be that interested in his story as the blog site and YouTube videos have notched less than 500 clicks each.
Considering that the Phipps hanging truck was now spotlighting President Obama, the Secret Service headquarters in Brooklyn was contacted by The Blaze. Agents on duty told us that they were aware of the truck and the gentleman driving it. They thanked us for the call and assured us that they were "on it."
We will update as details become available.
What do you think about this display of public officials, especially the President of the United States, being hanged in effigy? Is this "free speech?" Please take our Blaze Poll.