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Noose found at UCSD triggers probe and protest

February 26, 2010 | 11:46 am

Noose Found Hanging at UCSD, Site of 'Compton Cookout'On a campus already facing racial tensions, UC San Diego police said Friday that they were investigating the discovery of a noose hanging from a library bookcase and questioning a student who may be responsible.

The probe will look into whether the noose -- which was seen by some as a symbol of lynching meant to intimidate African Americans on the campus -- was connected to recent racially charged incidents and subsequent protests at UCSD.

On Friday, campus officials said they were questioning a student who had come forward to take some responsibility for the noose, but that they had no additional information to release for the moment. A police statement said authorities were treating the noose, found Thursday night on a seventh-floor bookcase in Geisel Library, as a crime with “intent to terrorize.”

Word about the noose triggered another protest on the campus Friday morning, with about 300 students participating, a campus spokesman said. The school has been roiled since a Feb. 15 off-campus party invited guests to a “Compton Cookout” that mocked Black History Month.

A few days later, a campus satirical group used a derogatory term about African Americans on a campus television show. Those incidents have focused attention on UCSD's low enrollment of black students, who make up about 1.6% of the school’s undergraduates.

-- Larry Gordon

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