DAVIS, CA - A disturbing discovery last Friday of a noose hanging from a football goal post at Davis High School prompted a community meeting Wednesday night.
Nearly 50 people turned out to voice their concern about the incident.
"It absolutely hurts our community,"teacher Alison Kimmel said. "It's very painful I think to find something like that hanging up on a goal post," Davis resident Johnny Cason said.
"It absolutely hurts our community,"teacher Alison Kimmel said.
"It's very painful I think to find something like that hanging up on a goal post," Davis resident Johnny Cason said.
A school employee found the noose, made of black rubber tubing, Friday morning; just days before June 19, also known as the Juneteenth Holiday, which is celebrates the end of slavery.
Davis police are investigating the noose hanging as a hate crime, but are unsure if there is a connection between the date and the noose.
"It's unbelievable that something like this would happen," Davis resident Larry Williams said.
"It's bizarre," Davis High School graduate Tim McIntyre said. "It's not the kind of thing that usually happens here."
In an unrelated case, on Wednesday a police officer spotted a swastika and the N word spray painted in a bike tunnel off of Olive Street in Davis.
Davis police said they have a detective assigned to the noose hanging case. Whether it was a prank or a serious act of racism, police said they need the public's help.
"A lot of these cases do get resolved or solved because of a rumor or something that's overheard," Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said.