Brookfield, WI (WISN) —
A noose was found Friday night hanging in the front yard of a Brookfield home, police said.
“That’s a hate crime. I don’t care for that at all,” neighbor Dave Mayberry said.
Police told WISN 12 News that a neighbor, who made a Facebook post that went viral, spotted the noose near Westmoor Drive and Bluemound Road about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Officers then removed the rope for evidence.
Police said they’re still trying to figure out who put up the noose and why, but they said the hate crime will not be tolerated.
Officers also said the homeowners, who are Asian, recently had a family member die from suicide by hanging.
They are not sure if this act is connected to the suicide or if it’s racially motivated.
“That’s thought out. You just don’t do that. Somebody thought of that, planned it and did, and I just hope they catch them,” Mayberry said.
The man who found the noose told WISN 12 News he has hired an attorney and would not comment.
Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto said he’s outraged.
“I don’t know who did it or what their motivation was. I can just say I unequivocally condemn it, and I think that it has no place in our community or any other community,” Ponto said.
Police told WISN 12 News the incident remains under investigation.
Officers are still working on tracking down any witnesses or surveillance that could help with the case.
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