Noose found outside northern Alabama African-American church

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ALABAMA -- (WTVY) Lauderdale County Sheriff's Deputies will increase patrols in the area where a noose was founding hanging outside a north Alabama church.
Lt. Joe Hamilton said the department is also asking the public for help finding who left the noose outside St. John Primitive Baptist Church, near the city of Florence.
There was no other damage to the church, which is one of the county's oldest African-American congregations.
Hamilton said the noose was found after Wednesday night services by a deacon, who called the sheriff's office.
The church could not immediately be reached for comment.