- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A “noose” found in a New York City park that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called an act of “hatred” has turned out to be materials left over from a construction site.

The New York City Police Department opened a hate crime investigation Tuesday after someone at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park snapped a photo of what appeared to be a noose hanging from a tree near the historic Fire Watch Tower.

“I am disgusted by the recent discovery of a noose – the epitome of hatred and an evil icon of our nation’s racist past – in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate this immoral and illegal act,” the governor said.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force later announced that the incident was not an act of hate.

“The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force investigated this incident thoroughly,” the department tweeted. “According to the park director, it was left over from a construction scaffold that was removed in the fall. The rope was used to hoist construction materials.”

Some residents expressed skepticism of the park director’s explanation.

“I don’t see how a rope like that could have stayed this long through winter storms, through wind, and it’s just perfectly there,” Kanene Holder told NBC New York.

The controversy comes amid a wave of racial unrest in the country following the police-custody death of George Floyd.

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