Rep. Warren Love will not be punished for hanging comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Warren Love will not be punished after calling for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged. 

House Speaker Todd Richardson announced the decision on Thursday. He said the comment was inappropriate but said he will not take action against Love. 

In August, Love wrote on social media that the vandal should be "hung from a tall tree with a long rope."

House Democratic leader Gail McCann Beatty was among lawmakers who said Love's words evoked images of lynchings of black people. 

McCann was disappointed with the outcome but said she hopes the controversy had an impact on Love. 

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