2 sought in connection with noose found in Philadelphia tree

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say they want to talk to two people about a noose found hanging between two tree limbs in downtown Philadelphia.

Officers responded Friday morning after the noose was reported several blocks from the tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Police said it didn't appear targeted toward a specific person.

Police say surveillance video shows a white man tossing the rope into the tree after which he is joined by a black man. The two walk away together and appear to be talking.

Police have released video of the pair walking away.

The discovery of the noose in the tree came shortly after the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia put an employee on leave after a noose was found on the chair of an African-American employee.

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