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Ann Arbor – Police at the University of Michigan say a rope resembling a noose found at University Hospital in Ann Arbor wasn’t the result of a hate crime and instead was a practice knot used in fishing.

The Ann Arbor News reports the investigation by the school’s Division of Public Safety and Security concluded the rope used for medical procedures was being used by a person on a break to practice tying a knot. The knot was left in place and officials say the rope was found June 20 in an employee work area.

University public safety spokeswoman Heather Young says the rope is typically used for traction after surgical procedures. She says there’s no evidence to indicate that a crime, motivated by bias, had been committed.

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