Investigation underway into suspicious rope found in firefighter’s locker

For Immediate release - June 27, 2020

Bloomington—An investigation is underway to determine the source of a piece of rope resembling a noose that was found in the locker of a Bloomington firefighter.

A piece of rope tied into what appears to be a crude noose was discovered in the gear locker of a Black firefighter at a Bloomington fire station on June 15 and reported to Fire Department leadership on June 23. The City of Bloomington has 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.”

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 provide an update with any additional information it can share by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020.