A dog leash hanging from a tree in Raleigh’s apartment looked like a noose
RALEIGH, North Carolina – A woman walking her dogs on Sunday spotted what appeared to be a noose hanging from a tree in her apartment complex northeast of Raleigh.
Residents who live in the Courtland East Midtown Apartments near Six Forks Road told WRAL News they were shocked, disgusted and worried for their safety after seeing the rope.
“It was very uncomfortable at first, especially in our day and age,” a resident told WRAL News. “We immediately emailed them to let them know how we were feeling and asked what they could do to make us feel more comfortable and safe in our neighborhood. We received a response very deaf.”
Residents reported seeing the rope in a tree on Sunday, and it was not removed until after 9 a.m. Monday.
A staff member at the apartment office told WRAL News that a member of the maintenance crew pulled the rope from the tree and discovered it was a dog leash.
Several neighbors thought it was a noose.
“It may have been a trigger for some people in the community because it wasn’t that long ago here in our country, especially in the South, where … it was used to intimidate people of color,” said Gerald Givens, president of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP.
“That’s why it’s important that…we are aware of our behavior and reactions to things and do everything we can to be considerate of others.”
A member of staff at the apartment suggested: ‘I think someone left it in the parking lot and a neighbor put it on a branch for the legit owner to see.’
So far no one has claimed the leash or come forward to acknowledge putting it in the tree.
The resident said that knowing it was a leash didn’t change her feelings of discomfort.
“It still makes me very uncomfortable,” she said. “It looks like they’re just pushing him away. Even though it might just be a leash, he shouldn’t have been hung up like that.”
Courtland The East Midtown community manager released a statement saying, “We take these types of issues very seriously and this behavior is completely unacceptable.”
WRAL News contacted the Raleigh Police Department to see if they were investigating.