Rope 'resembling noose' found in Black firefighter's locker

A similar discovery sparked major controversy in NASCAR recently.
Author:
Updated:
Original:
firefighter-920032_1280

An investigation is underway in Bloomington after a piece of rope "resembling a noose" was found in the locker of a Black firefighter.

The discovery was made at a Bloomington Fire Station on June 15 and was reported to leadership on June 23, with the City of Bloomington saying it's asked the FBI to investigate.

"A piece of rope tied into what appears to be a crude noose was discovered in the gear locker of a Black firefighter," the city said.

"Acts like this that embody hate, intimidation, and aggression will not be tolerated," said Fire Chief Ulie Seal.

"The firefighter who brought this to our attention has demonstrated extreme strength and bravery and has done the right thing."

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI Minneapolis Field Office at 763-569-8000. The city will provide any more information it has by 3 p.m. Monday.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"I am disgusted, angry, and embarrassed by this cowardly act. To be clear, this incident is very serious and is being dealt with aggressively," Mayor Tim Busse wrote.

"The City of Bloomington, including the Fire Department, is committed to being a safe and respectful place to work for all employees. We will not tolerate or, in any way, condone such behavior. The City has a strict workplace policy that forbids all types of discriminatory and disrespectful behavior."

The discovery was made six days before a pull rope tied like a noose was discovered in the garage used by NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace, sparking a major controversy. An investigation determined that the rope had been there for several months, but no other garage stalls had ropes tied like nooses.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the city's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

Next Up

vaccine, covid

Walz, Whitmer, and Evers call on Trump Admin. to buy more vaccines

It comes after The Washington Post reported that the country's COVID vaccine reserves have been exhausted.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.

Related

Firefighter killed after massive explosion in Wisconsin suburb

A punctured gas main sent gas leaking into a property, which then exploded.

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.48.13 PM

Sauk Rapids releases 2 firefighters over offensive comments on protests

Both the firefighters made comments or shared posts suggesting protesters should be killed.

Walker finds body at wildlife refuge in Bloomington

The discovery was made on Thursday morning.

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 4.45.26 PM

Man killed in his St. Paul home was a local firefighter

Police have launched a homicide investigation into his death.

Thomas Harrigan

2 arrested in case of murdered St. Paul firefighter

Thomas Harrigan was shot in his home on Sept. 2.

Screen Shot 2019-05-31 at 10.48.49 AM

Firefighters 'unknowingly at great risk' of 'very rapidly growing fire'

There was more than a thousand gallons of fuel in in the garage that caught fire.

beer-tasting-flight-4778258_1280

Minneapolis brewery CEO resigns after noose controversy

An incident with a former employee two years ago was shared this past week.