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Ropes resembling nooses found on trees in Oakland investigated by FBI as hate crime

The Oakland Police Department found five ropes attached to trees surrounding Lake Merritt after looking into social media posts about nooses hanging around the lake. 

lif.Ben Margot / AP
 
 
June 18, 2020, 6:43 AM MST
By Elisha Fieldstadt
 

The mayor of Oakland, California, announced Wednesday that ropes resembling nooses tied to trees in public spaces would be investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.

The Oakland Police Department found five ropes attached to trees surrounding Lake Merritt after looking into social media posts about nooses hanging around the lake.

Police said some community members said the ropes were being used for exercise equipment. One person told police he put the ropes in the trees "for exercise and games several months ago."

"The Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland recognize especially at this time, that any ropes on or attached to trees, limbs or other objects can be associated with hate crimes and racial violence," police said in a statement. "As a Department and City, we understand the historical and harmful associations when ropes are hung from trees and how the impact can harm our communities. We remind and ask our community to be mindful when using this equipment in a recreational manner."

Police are investigating, and Mayor Libby Schaaf said evidence had also been turned over to the FBI after the ropes were removed from the trees.

"Reports that these were part of exercise equipment do not remove nor excuse their torturous and terrorizing effects," Schaaf said in a statement. "We are all responsible for knowing the history and present day reality of lynchings, hate crimes and racial violence. Objects that invoke such terror will not be tolerated in Oakland’s public spaces."

"The evidence has been turned over to the FBI and I want to be clear that regardless of the intentions of whoever put the nooses in our public trees, in our sacred public space here in Oakland intentions don’t matter," Schaaf said later during a news conference.

Theo Williams, a member of the city's Cultural Affairs Commission, said during the news conference that he feels "whoever did the act should be found and held responsible and prosecuted to the highest extent of the law that we can hold them to, and be made an example of so that anyone knows that we can’t bring that here to Oakland, and if they do bring that here to Oakland, they’re going to be met with resistance."

Victor Sengbe of Oakland told NBC Bay Area that the he doesn't think the ropes were a symbol of hate. He said they were used to attach a makeshift swing.

"Out of the dozens and hundreds and thousands of people that have walked by, no one has thought that it looked anyway close to a noose," he said.

But Nicholas Williams, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development in Oakland, said Wednesday that while some of the ropes "may have been" exercise equipment, "some of it absolutely was not."

"These are acts of hatred and our country is experiencing that right now but Oakland is about diversity and equity," Williams said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ropes-resembling-nooses-found-trees-oakland-investigated-fbi-ha...

 

Hate Crime Investigation Opened After Ropes, One With Noose, Found In Trees At Oakland’s Lake Merritt

Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m., a social media post identified a rope as a noose and suggested this to be a hate crime in the area of Lake Merritt. Oakland police responded to the area of the park and conducted a search, locating a total of five ropes attached to various trees.
Police said during their initial investigation, several community members reported the ropes were used for exercise equipment. One community member claimed ownership of the ropes and stated that he intentionally placed the ropes on the tree limbs for exercise and games several months earlier.
“We remind and ask our community to be mindful when using this equipment in a recreational manner. These acts may send an unintended message,” police said.
“We have to start with the assumption that these are hate crimes,” said Schaaf. “We cannot take these actions lightly. These symbols are symbols of racial violence, and it is incumbent on all of us to have that sensitivity; to have that knowledge.”

“It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of the terrorism that the noose represents, and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view and investigate these as hate crimes until further notice,” continued Schaaf.

It is against city code to hang anything from public trees, but Mayor Schaaf said in a moment when the wounds of racial injustice are openly bleeding, this isn’t just about civic violations.

“Initial information came in that this was exercise equipment. Some of it may have been, but some of it absolutely was not,” said Oakland Parks and Recreation Director J. Nicholas Williams.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/06/17/oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-hate-crime-investigation-noo...

 

I guess it's all in how you interpret the evidence. They were provided a plausible explanation and apparently they had been in the park for "several month's" and no one was outraged or jumping to conclusions. If you notice some of the language changes between the 2 stories, even though they were obviously written by the same reporter. 

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Can't say for sure as I haven't seen the ropes, but for climbing, you MIGHT have a knot in the end. Anything else, it's a noose tied by some racist who has no idea how to tie one.

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It appears that there are later reports than the ones AZrancher posted and these are much more disturbng"

 

"Oakland residents found a fake body hanging in effigy on Thursday, one day after the mayor addressed reports of knotted ropes resembling nooses hanging near the city’s Lake Merritt."

 

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-18/oakland-residents-horrified-to-find-effigy-one-d...

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*  I am SHOCKED to learn that a Conservative would try and mislead posters here in this forum by posting incomplete information...er....uh....FAKE NEWS..

 

 

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@AzRancher wrote:

 

I guess it's all in how you interpret the evidence. 

 

They were provided a plausible explanation or an excuse...as reported "But Nicholas Williams, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development in Oakland, said Wednesday that while some of the ropes "may have been" exercise equipment, "some of it absolutely was not."

 

"These are acts of hatred and our country is experiencing that right now but Oakland is about diversity and equity," Williams said.

 

and apparently they had been in the park for "several month's" and no one was outraged or jumping to conclusions. How do you know how everyone felt to claim "no one was outraged"?  

 

If you notice some of the language changes between the 2 stories, even though they were obviously written by the same reporter. Actually, per the stories, they were NOT "obviously written by the same reporter."

 

It is odd what troubles some...it's also odd that some think it's OK to hang ropes in the tree's of public spaces and claim, whether or not it's accurate or not, "that it's just exercise equipment".  Not enough exercise equipment in the park already?  Attend a meeting, get involved and request a climbing rope for exercise.  You know, actually do something constructive.  Or, go hang a rope in your home for "exercising" of course.

 

 



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I guess it's all in how you interpret the evidence. Or how YOU present the "evidence"...

I "presented" examples of 2 articles on the same subject

 

and apparently they had been in the park for "several month's" and no one was outraged or jumping to conclusions. How do you know how everyone felt to claim "no one was outraged"?  

I should have prefaced the statement with "apparently no one was outraged" due to the fact that there was 1 complaint logged in the "several month's" "Apparently" current conditions have made some people act "morally sensitive" to seemingly innocent situations.  

 

Actually, per the stories, they were NOT "obviously written by the same reporter."

Police said some community members said the ropes were being used for exercise equipment. One person told police he put the ropes in the trees "for exercise and games several months ago."

Police said during their initial investigation, several community members reported the ropes were used for exercise equipment. One community member claimed ownership of the ropes and stated that he intentionally placed the ropes on the tree limbs for exercise and games several months earlier.

Pretty darn close wording with a couple of minor changes 

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AzRancher wrote:

"Police said some community members said the ropes were being used for exercise equipment. One person told police he put the ropes in the trees "for exercise and games several months ago."

Police said during their initial investigation, several community members reported the ropes were used for exercise equipment. One community member claimed ownership of the ropes and stated that he intentionally placed the ropes on the tree limbs for exercise and games several months earlier.

Pretty darn close wording with a couple of minor changes 

 

There is nothing there that says same author.  How many different ways can the same statement from the police be reported?  These articles aren't even close to being written by the same person.

 

Regardless of the explanation, you need to find out if the person providing the investigation is being truthful.

 

The first place I would start would be with the landscaping crew to see if they remember seeing the ropes.

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The story posted on NBC was written by a reporter in New York, the other was written by a local reporter. The NBC story was most likely written off of a news feed posted by a local reporter. So in essence, the NBC report was a rehash of a local reporter's story - with some of the rhetoric rewritten. But the information reported would have been provided by the local reporter.

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@AzRancher wrote:

The story posted on NBC was written by a reporter in New York, the other was written by a local reporter. The NBC story was most likely written off of a news feed posted by a local reporter. So in essence, the NBC report was a rehash of a local reporter's story - with some of the rhetoric rewritten. But the information reported would have been provided by the local reporter. Or the police, or the park staff OR the one who claimed he hung the ropes.


 


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