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HOMEWOOD (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are calling on Homewood residents to help track down the person responsible for hanging a black baby doll by a noose from a light pole.
The incident happened in February on Brushton Avenue.
Because of the height of the pole, investigators believe it was someone who had access to a bucket truck. Detectives say they have been interviewing workers with local utility companies to find out if any of their employees were in the area when the incident took place.
“This is very troubling. If this does in fact turn out to be something that is racially motivated, there is no place for that in our community and I want to make sure that’s clear to everybody,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Jason Lando said.
Lando told KDKA News detectives have already exhausted every lead. They are now calling on any possible eyewitnesses to come forward.
State Rep. Ed Gainey says moving forward, he wants to see contractors in the community with a diverse workforce to prevent another incident like this.
“The kids that had to walk past and see this, this was what we call racial intimidation,” Rep. Ed Gainey said. “If you would have had some minorities, some African-Americans, that was working out here, I can guarantee you, you wouldn’t have seen a baby on light post strung with a noose.”
Cameras in the neighborhood were unable to capture the act or the vehicle used, according to police.