Dear citizens of Billings,
We are aware of an image circulating on social media of a noose hanging from a light pole in downtown Billings on Sunday morning.
The Billings Police Department received a report relating to this event, and it is being investigated as a hate incident. The report was made by a musician in the Lyle Lovett Big Band, which performed at the Alberta Bair Theater on Sunday night.
As of Monday afternoon, the Billings Police Department does not have any witnesses to determine who placed the noose on the light pole or what their intention might have been.
The police department has also attempted to locate cameras that might have captured footage of the incident, but to date those efforts have been unsuccessful.
The Billings Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. If you have any information, please contact law enforcement.
Your city council, police department, and city leaders take this matter very seriously.
We condemn any hateful speech or symbols of hate in our community.
City of Billings