SANTA ANA (AP) — A gay rights group has found a black noose hanging on the door of one of its Southern California offices.

Equality California phone bank trainer Mel Distel told the Orange County Register she found the noose late Thursday when she opened up the Santa Ana office for campaign volunteers.

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Distel says she called the police and an officer told her sometimes you have to live with being a victim. She says she will file a formal complaint about the officer’s response.

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Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna declined comment on Distel’s account. He says police are investigating.

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The Anti-Defamation League has condemned the noose and urged police to treat the incident seriously.

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