Maryland Legislation Attempts to Fight Hanging of Nooses

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When a noose was found hanging outside of the Nyumburu Cultural Center on the University of Maryland's College Park campus in September, police classified it as a hate crime but never named — or found — a suspect.

It might not have mattered if they had.

Current state law does not specifically list hanging a noose as a crime. The No Nooses Act attempts to change that by adding the hanging of a noose to a list of actions already specifically identified as crimes, including the burning of objects and the defacing of property.

The legislation "creates a whole separate crime," said Delegate Victor Ramirez, D-Prince George's, one of the bill's four sponsors.

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