Windsor Police are investigating a noose and five additional ropes which police say could be interpreted as nooses were found at an Amazon construction site.
Police responded three times this week to the site at 1201 Kennedy Road in Windsor with similar concerns.
A supervisor at a construction company on Tuesday discovered an executioner’s noose hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of the building, police said. The supervisor told police he documented the incident and then removed and thrown the noose.
Police said the area was accessible to hundreds of workers from various companies and there were no surveillance cameras.
A day later, officers attended the site for a second report on a rope that had been thrown around a beam, but police said the rope was not a noose in this case.
Detectives visited the site on Wednesday when they were told there were five additional ropes in various areas of the building that “could be interpreted as nooses,” police said. Police have confiscated the ropes as evidence and plan to test them for possible suspects.
“The use of the symbol is what is shocking. Why? Why use this symbol? This symbol evokes so much hatred, so much harm for many people, ”said Windsor City Councilor Nuchette Black-Burke (D).
“It is not an act of vandalism. This is not a minor prank. This is serious. To me this is a hate crime, which should be investigated as such and we don’t want it to lead to anything worse, ”Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks said ( D), at NBC Connecticut.
An Amazon spokesperson shared the following statement Thursday: “Amazon does not tolerate any behavior deemed hateful, racist or discriminatory.”
The general contractor is cooperating with police and offered a reward of $ 5,000 for any information that would help find those responsible, police said.
A full site security meeting was held at the site on Wednesday to discuss the initial incident, police said.
Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Windsor Police Department at 860-688-5273.