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MCSO: Man placed 6 photos of Black men, women tied to nooses in attempt to 'start a dialogue'

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 16:29:36-04

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said the six photos of Black men and women tied to nooses found in Riverside Park last week was a "misguided attempt" to start a dialogue.

On June 20, six photos of Black men and women were found tied to a tree by rope in Riverside Park. The six men and women were killed by law enforcement or a private citizen.

MCSO said it obtained information and after contacting the individual learned that a 53-year-old man had placed the photos in the park as an attempt to create a discussion about how "Black and Brown men and women are dying in our country." The man said he did not intend to create a controversy.

The man told officials he had placed photos in Riverside Park and Atwater Park. The photos in Atwater Park were not found.

“No matter how well-intended the individual was in placing the placards in public as an attempt to begin a dialogue, the takeaway from this, for all of us, is that coming to grips with our country’s recent history and dark past requires an ability to spark meaningful dialogue in a more thoughtful and sensitive manner," said Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas.

The investigation was closed after officials found no evidence of criminal conduct.

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