A noose was found in Patterson Park near the pagoda on Sunday morning, Baltimore police said.
Officers were called to the 2300 block of E. Baltimore St. at 11:21 a.m., police spokeswoman Chakia Fennoy said.
Frantz Edouard, 31, told The Sun he and his partner were walking through the park after breakfast when he saw it hanging on a tree near a pavilion.
“I walked past the pavilion. I stopped and stared out. I was like ‘Is that a freaking noose, what is that?’”
He said he posted a picture of it on a Patterson Park neighborhood webpage asking what it was. Edouard, who is black, said he’d never seen a noose before or anything like that like that in his seven years of living around Patterson Park.
Since then, he said there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether it was a foot swing or something other than a noose.
Whatever it is, Edouard said he was concerned about why it was left there and how it could impact children.
“I’m a big boy,” he said. “There needs to be more to scare me, but I worry about the kids walking in park.”
Edouard said he called Baltimore police, who were “very responsive.” He said they sent three cars and took pictures.
City Councilman Zeke Cohen said in a tweet Monday that recent hate incidents “cannot go unanswered.”
“We must shine a bright light on bigotry, especially when it festers in our own backyard,” Cohen wrote.
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