The New Orleans City Council did not consider a new local law Thursday forbidding the display of nooses or other hate symbols to frighten others.
Council President Arnie Fielkow's office said he pulled the measure off the agenda to gather more legal advice from university law schools, the city attorney's office and constitutional scholars.
On Monday the measure appeared headed for easy passage at this week's meeting.
A lineup of civil rights and anti-discrimination groups roundly praised it at a hearing of the council's governmental affairs committee. Councilwoman Shelley Midura remarked then she expected it to pass unanimously.
But in an interview later, a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, which was not at the hearing, expressed reservations about its legality.