noose.jpgMONROE, La. (AP) _ Three men have been charged with civil rights violations for allegedly tying a noose around a dead raccoon's neck and hanging it from a flagpole to intimidate black students at a north Louisiana school.

Brian Wallis, James Lee Wallis Jr. and Tony L. Johnson face a maximum of one year in jail if they're convicted of the charge filed against them Wednesday in Monroe.

Another man, Christopher Shane Montgomery, was charged last year with helping hang the dead raccoon outside Beekman Junior High School in Morehouse Parish in 2007. But the case against him was dismissed on Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors said Montgomery initially took responsibility for the act, but unspecified “new information'' about the case prompted them to request the dismissal.