from the Blaze:
Mayor claims she was hate crime victim after ‘yellow, sticky substance’ found on car. But cops have simpler explanation.
Darnell Byrd McPherson — the volunteer mayor of Lamar, South Carolina — said she was a hate crime victim after finding a “yellow, sticky substance” that seemed to have been sprayed on her car early last month, Newsweek reported.
McPherson had returned to her home Feb. 7 and told the magazine that her husband “went out to the car to get some things out of the garage. He says, ‘Somebody’s painted your car!'”
It was a “grainy substance” like industrial spray foam used to patch concrete, Newsweek said, and “looked like little pebbles.” The stuff was on her husband’s car as well.
McPherson told Newsweek she “likened it as a hate crime because No. 1, there’s a history [of racism] in our town of Lamar.”
In a statement to WPDE-TV, the mayor said, “During the 70s, crosses were burned in the yard of our home when my Mother was involved with the civil rights movement. On this very same corner in this very same front yard!”
But Newsweek said police have a simpler explanation: pollen.
An incident report the magazine obtained said McPherson and her husband streaked fingers over their cars’ surfaces and “realized it was not paint and that the substance could be removed with a finger; similar to pollen.”