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Hate Crime Unit investigating after 2 nooses found at hospital construction site

Last Updated Jun 23, 2020 at 11:45 pm EDT

A Toronto police cruiser is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

The Toronto police Hate Crime Unit is investigating after two nooses were found outside a hospital in East York earlier this month.

Employees made the disturbing discovery as they were coming into work at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital on June 10.

Toronto police were called to the site, located on Coxwell Avenue at Mortimer Avenue, and began an investigation.

EllisDon, the company heading the construction project, said nooses were strategically placed and that the act appeared to be racially motivated.

“I am appalled and outraged at the hateful and racist actions that took place at one of our construction sites. This will not be tolerated, not now, not ever,” CEO Geoff Smith said in a statement on June 12.

“We will work with Toronto Police Services, with every resource we can muster, to identify the guilty individual or individuals and ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent, and never allowed to participate in our industry again.”

The investigation was turned over to the Hate Crime Unit on Tuesday.

Police say numerous officers have been assigned to the case and that hospital staff have been very helpful in the investigation.