Students at the University of Maryland are claiming a piece of trash vaguely resembling a “noose” that was found lying near a sidewalk is a “hate crime” and are upset police aren’t taking the incident more seriously.
According to the university’s newspaper, two people found a piece of plastic wrap near a sidewalk at frat row.
According to the paper, they immediately assumed the tangled plastic wrap was a “noose” and reported it to campus police “out of concern for possible hate-bias.”
School officials were quick to pour cold water on the claim, releasing a report saying, “Preliminary investigation reveals that this type of material is used to contain loose items during transport.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are looking into this matter and conducting a review of our cameras in the area.”
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On Twitter, some students said they are upset because police have concluded that the plastic wrap on the ground is not a noose-shaped instrument of “hate-bias” but is instead merely a piece of litter.
According to The Diamondback, another Twitter user — who appears to have since deleted the tweet — said: “They didn’t even try to entertain me and my friend by acknowledging the possibility that this was a symbol of hate. They were very adamant.”
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