Police in Washington, D.C., are investigating the possibility of a hate crime after an issue of a local LGBTQ magazine was found hanging by a noose in the street.
According to The Washington Post, officers responded to a call late last month when a copy of Tagg magazine was found hanging by a noose on a light post in the District’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. PoPville, a D.C. community blog, first reported on the incident.
Tagg Magazine (@TaggMagazine) was created and is owned my an amazing black lesbian in DC, Eboné Bell (@ebonebell). Yesterday the latest issue of the magazine was found hanging from a rope on a pole in DC. Signal boosting for community safety. pic.twitter.com/I1Zigg6ej0
— SuperGrover (@fuzzlaw) April 25, 2019
According to its website, Tagg’s mission is “to spotlight lesbian, queer, transgender, and bisexual individuals across the country, as well as bring our community together.” A police spokesperson confirmed to The Post that the hanging is currently being investigated as a “suspected hate crime.”
In a statement responding to the incident, Editor-in-Chief Eboné F. Bell noted that magazine in question was a copy of the annual “Enterprising Women” issue.
“A noose symbolizes years of hate and the death of thousands of Black people in this country,” Bell wrote. “As a Black lesbian, this incident is more than disturbing. I believe there is a reason Tagg was a target, and I believe there is a reason the ’Enterprising Women’ issue with people of color on the cover was a target.”
Thanks to the WAPO for getting the word out >> D.C. police investigating possible hate crime after LGBTQ magazine found hanging by noose https://t.co/5AHURoBBb9
— Eboné F. Bell (@ebonebell) May 8, 2019
“It’s clearly hate,” Bell added in a statement to The Post. “We just don’t know if it’s racism, homophobia, or misogyny.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact D.C. Sergeant Nicole Brown at 301-455-6268 or via e-mail at [email protected]