A firefighter who reportedly found a rope and a threatening note with a drawing of a noose in a Baltimore station house last month admitted to placing the items there himself, it was reported.
The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that Donald Maynard, a firefighter and paramedic in-training, who is African American, confessed to police.
In a written statement Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. said Maynard wanted to create a "perception that members within our department were acting in a discriminatory and unprofessional manner," the Sun reported.
The noose incident sparked outrage two weeks ago and lauched a federal hate crime probe.
On Nov. 21, Maynard and another fire department employee who is white, discovered a handwritten note that read, "We cant [sic] hang the cheaters but we can hang the failures. NO EMT-I, NO JOB."
A stick figure with a drawing of a noose and the word "Stop" was written below the message.
It is believed the note was referring allegations of cheating and a move to push emergency medical technicians to become certified as paramedics, the report said.
Maynard was among those that could be affected by the proposed changes. He was suspended and will likely face additional punishment, The Sun reported.