Gay rights group Equality California found a noose Thursday hung outside its Santa Anna office, the Orange County Register reported.

Police responding to a call from the group trivialized the incident, dismissing the noose as a string on the door and saying that sometime you have to live with being a victim.

The black colored noose “was shocking,” said Mel Distel, the phone-bank trainer who found the noose and called the police. “It struck me as something that could escalate, something that was definitely meant to be hurtful.”

Distel said she “absolutely” plans to file a complaint against the police.

“This is an outrageous, despicable attempt to intimidate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community just a few days before the election, but we will not be silenced,” Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said in a statement.

The office's nine volunteers working in the office on Thursday were placing calls on behalf of Assembly candidate Melissa Fox.

Fox decried the hanging of the noose in statement, saying it was a “hateful” act “intended to threaten and intimidate Equality California and other supporters of marriage equality from exercising our Constitutional rights to free speech and free association.”