The Police Department provided five photographs of trees, some of which showed knotted ropes and one that appeared to have a piece of plastic pipe attached to a rope, hanging from tree limbs.
They have been removed by city officials.
Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.
“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said.
“It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous,” he told the station.
Woman who reported it is Facebook friends with another who made false alarm
Stanford University was chastised for not responding in a “timely” and “sufficient” manner to a purported noose found hanging near a campus residence hall earlier this month.
The incident shares a bizarre coincidence with another reported noose that turned out to be a false alarm: The women who reported each incident share the same last name, grew up in New Orleans and are Facebook friends.
The rope (below), hanging on a bush near a building that housed high school students for a summer program, was discovered July 12 by a camp advisor. The initial report by The Stanford Daily said campus police were investigating it as a potential hate crime.