Noose found in tree near Hirshhorn

The Hirschhorn (PHOTO: SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Park Police are investigating an incident near the Hirshhorn Museum where a noose was found hanging in a tree.

The Smithsonian Police contacted the USPP around 6 p.m. on Friday, reporting “suspicious activity”. This comes after a string of incidents where nooses were hung as a threatening racial message, including at American University, University of Maryland, and at an Anne Arundel elementary school.

The noose was found “inside the dense canopy of a tree” on the west side of the plaza. Police say they don’t know when the noose was hung or how long it had been there.

The USPP continues to investigate this case, and says anyone with information is encouraged to call 202-610-7500, or their tipline 202-610-8737.