Apparent noose found in Black Minnesota firefighter's locker

The City of Bloomington is investigating a piece of rope resembling a noose that was found in the locker of a Black Bloomington firefighter.

According to the statement, a piece of rope was tied into what appears to be a crude noose that was discovered in the gear locker for a Black firefighter at a Bloomington fire station on June 15. 

The fire department leadership reported the incident on June 23. The city of Bloomington has now asked the FBI to investigate the matter. 

“Acts like this that embody hate, intimidation, and aggression will not be tolerated,” said Fire Chief Ulie Seal. “The firefighter who brought this to our attention has demonstrated extreme strength and bravery and has done the right thing.”

The Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse made a statement on Saturday saying: 

I am disgusted, angry, and embarrassed by this cowardly act. To be clear, this incident is very serious and is being dealt with aggressively. The City of Bloomington, including the Fire Department, is committed to being a safe and respectful place to work for all employees. We will not tolerate or, in any way, condone such behavior. The City has a strict workplace policy that forbids all types of discriminatory and disrespectful behavior. 

Busse said the city plans to bring in a mental health consultant "to address the emotional, social, and psychological trauma that results from racial traumatic events." Racial equity will be the focus of a City Council meeting on July 13, he said.

People with tips or other knowledge about this incident are urged to contact the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office by calling 763-569-8000. 

The city will be providing a statement with any additional information they have on Monday.