Oakland po­lice investi­gate work­place noose

Oakland police say they are investigating reports that a noose was found placed on a city Public Works truck used by African American employees.

The noose was reported Tuesday after 5 p.m. at the City Corporation Yard on Edgewater Drive, according to police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.

Watson said the department has not investigated any similar reports in recent years:

“The Oakland Police Department takes this incident very seriously.”

Speaking to the media today, interim City Administrator Henry Gardner said:

“I take this very seriously. … There is an investigation underway, it will be vigorous, it will be thorough, it will be complete and there will be severe consequences if we can identify who put it there,” Gardner said.

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