Police said they responded to the site three days in a row for similar incidents. On Thursday, they found five ropes that could be interpreted as nooses.
WINDSOR, Connecticut – Police said at least one noose and five other ropes that could be interpreted as nooses were found hanging inside an Amazon construction site in Windsor.
Officers first responded to the construction site on April 27 after receiving a suspicious activity complaint. A construction supervisor told police that a security team had documented the incident, removed and thrown the noose.
A bystander sent FOX61 News a photo of the apparent noose. Police confirmed the rope in the photo was the one under investigation.
Police said an email had been sent to all employees informing them of the incident. Police added that the area where the noose was found is not monitored by surveillance cameras and is accessed by hundreds of employees from several companies.
Officers said there were no leads or suspects at this time.
“We don’t tolerate this. Certainly not today, certainly not today,” Police Capt. Andrew Power told FOX61 News. “We want to know who did it and the motivation behind it.”
On April 28, police again responded to the second report of a rope being thrown around a beam. Police said this incident was not a noose.
Police responded a third time to the site on April 29 after being informed that there were five additional ropes that could be interpreted as nooses, found at various locations on different floors of the building.
The strings of this incident were taken as evidence and police said they would be tested to identify a potential suspect.
“Seven incidents that we believe are related, this is part of our investigation,” Power said.
The Connecticut NAACP chairman issued a statement on the incidents:
“It was the NAACP that fought to get these hate crimes on the books and we want to make sure that the individuals who committed these hate crimes are held accountable, to the fullest extent of the law.”
Police say the general contractor was “proactive in resolving these incidents” and worked with them. On Wednesday morning, the site had a meeting to discuss the initial incident. Awareness training on combating discrimination and discrimination was also organized on site.
An Amazon spokesperson said, “Amazon does not tolerate any behavior deemed hateful, racist or discriminatory.”
FOX61 spoke to Justin Waters during his lunch break. The 34-year-old said he had moved to New England from Georgia and never expected it.
“There was a lot of racism, a lot of separatism. The promises I went to; a black ball and a white ball,” Waters said. “It’s you know, coming here I didn’t think it would be like this here. I moved here to get away from it.”
A reward of $ 5,000 is offered by the general contractor for any information identifying any person responsible for the incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call Windsor Police at 860-688-5273.
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