A spokeswoman for that Metropolitan Police Department stated there has been several reports of nooses round the nation’s capital within the last couple several weeks.

A noose is discovered hanging from the lamp publish outdoors the nation’s Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., marking the 3rd such incident around the National Mall in recent days.

The noose was discovered Saturday around 3 p.m., U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told HuffPost. Authorities are ongoing to research the way the object arrived.

Another noose is discovered in a construction site in southeast D.C. earlier this year. Students found bananas hanging in nooses on American University’s campus at the begining of May along with a noose is discovered inside a fraternity house in the College of Maryland in April.

Two other nooses were found near museums around the National Mall recently. On May 31, vacationers going to the National Museum of Black Culture and history found one laying on the ground while walking with an exhibit on segregation. Under per week earlier, a burglar guard found a noose hanging from the tree at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

“[The MPD] has arrived at to offer support towards the various establishments where these offenses have happened,” based on an announcement released through the MPD. “The department won’t tolerate illegal behaviors within our city. We encourage anybody with information to make contact with us at 202-727-9099.”

The noose is broadly considered like a hate symbol, stemming in the Jim Crow era of mob lynching. Based on the Anti-Attorney League, “the hangman’s noose has become probably the most effective visual symbols directed against African-Americans, comparable within the feelings it evokes to that particular from the swastika for Jews.”

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