The FBI and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's office is seeking the person or persons responsible for hanging a noose-like knot from a willow tree along the Mississippi River batture in Belle Chasse. The words "White Power" were also found written on the cement levee embankment.
"We don't know the intentions, we are looking into the matter, at the very least we have criminal trespassing and vandalism," Becnel said.
Becnel says two Ks were also spray painted on a tree. The noose and the racist graffiti were found by Highway 23. He says the area is predominantly an African-American community.
"You know that kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and has no place in Plaquemines Parish or anywhere in our country."
Anyone with information should contact the FBI New Orleans Field Office or the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's office.