Police: Rope resembling noose found at U of Michigan hospital was a fishing knot, not a hate crime

A rope resembling a noose that was left on a shared desk at Michigan Medicine's University Hospital in Ann Arbor June 20 was not the result of a hate crime but a practice fishing knot, police investigators found, according to MLive.com.

A person on break used the spool rope, which is usually used in surgical procedures, to practice tying a knot used in fishing called a "Uni Knot," according to the University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security. The person then returned the spool to a storage area, where an employee discovered it the next day. 

"It was a case of [the rope] getting moved by several different people," said Heather Young, director of strategic communications for DPSS.

A Michigan Medicine employee reported finding the rope on a shared desk June 20. At the time, University of Michigan Medical School dean Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD, called the rope a "symbol of hate and discrimination."

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