Halifax police investigate hate-motivated incident after noose found at Africville Park

Halifax Regional Police are investigating what they believe may be a hate-motivated incident after a noose was found in Africville Park.

In a statement, police said they received a report shortly after noon on Thursday of a rope placed in one of the park’s trees. The rope had been removed when they arrived.

“After observing photos of the rope before it was removed and considering its location, officers are investigating the incident as if the rope was intended to be a noose,” the statement read.

The park commemorates the historic black community of Africville, which was razed in the 1960s as part of urban renewal.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

“We recognize that incidents of this nature can be very detrimental to our community. We take incidents suspected of being motivated by hatred toward an identifiable group very seriously,” the statement read.

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“If anyone is exposed to offensive, threatening or intimidating behaviour, we encourage them to report it to the police for investigation so that we can determine if any criminal offenses have occurred. »

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