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Case into who hung noose in Bloomington firefighter's locker is closed

They were unable to identify who was behind the incident.

The case into who hung a noose in a Black Bloomington firefighter's locker is closed, with officials unable to identify a person or group involved. 

A noose was discovered at a Bloomington fire station on June 15, 2020, and on June 23 the city called in the FBI to investigate who was behind the racist act. 

But after seven months, "there is no conclusive evidence linking any individual or group to the incident," so the city and FBI "consider the case closed," Bloomington Fire Chief Ulie Seal said in a statement.

Seal noted the FBI conducted dozens of interviews, sent the rope to its lab in Virginia for forensic examination and "followed every lead down every trail."

"This case outraged not only citizens but also firefighters who serve alongside the targeted employee. I responded to the incident that in no uncertain terms, this type of activity and behavior is disgusting and has no place in the City of Bloomington. I believe that to this day," Seal said. 

Although the case is closed, anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the FBI's field office in Minneapolis at 763-569-8000 or contact the Bloomington Police Department at 952-563-4900.

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