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University of Maryland Police Department Refers Person of Interest in Noose Investigation

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) announced today an update on a hate/bias investigation involving a noose found on campus.

On April 27, 2017, the University of Maryland Police Department responded to Fraternity Row #5 for a hate/bias incident. A noose was found in the kitchen, and UMPD launched an investigation.

Our detectives have spent over 600 hours investigating this incident, including interviewing over 60 people, as well as reviewing video and swipe card access. UMPD has now referred a person of interest to campus officials for disciplinary review. Criminal charges will be applied should additional evidence meet the threshold for state or federal prosecution.

“UMPD is committed to creating a safe campus that is free from hate and discrimination,” said UMD Chief of Police David B. Mitchell. “As always, members of the UMD community are asked to reach out and report when they see hate, so we can protect our community and create a safer campus.”

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