WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — African American leaders are calling authorities to step up their investigation after more than a handful of nooses, some 15 feet long, were found hanging at a Windsor site under construction for Amazon.
This massive site is now the site of a police investigation after the nooses were found this week.
“It shouldn’t be going on so we’re looking to identify who did it and the motives behind it,” said Capt. Andrew Power of Windsor Police.
Windsor Police found a hangman’s noose at the Amazon site on Kennedy Road Tuesday. They were called back about another rope Wednesday. They came back again on Thursday, this time finding five more ropes (about 15 feet long) tied like nooses.
“We believe they’re all related to one another,” said Capt. Power.
Police say the general contractor is cooperating. Officers are interviewing employees, but it’s not the easiest case to crack. The site in question wasn’t under surveillance and is accessible to hundreds of employees.
“Anywhere from three to 500 people on the site every day,” said Capt. Power.
While police work to identify suspects and motives, Scot X. Esdaile, president of Connecticut NAACP, says the motives are clear as night and day.
“This is not a harmless prank, this is serious business. The NAACP was founded to stop the lynchings that were going on in America. People have been getting hung. People know what a noose is,” said Esdaile.
He says to have it happen once is bad enough, but to double down during an active police investigation and right after a site-wide safety meeting is sending a dangerous message.
“That means that someone doesn’t really care what the police are doing around here, and they don’t care about the investigation. They are digging their heels into the sand,” Esdaile said.
The NAACP is calling state and federal authorities to get involved saying there should be no tolerance for hate crimes.
“To ensure the safety of African Americans, Blacks, and others in this area,” said Esdaile. “They’re actually sending terrorist messages. That they want to hurt, harm people; that they’re not backing up. They’re moving forward and they don’t care anything about law enforcement.”
A spokesperson for Amazon said in part quote: “Amazon does not tolerate any behavior deemed hateful, racist, or discriminatory.”
The ropes police collected as evidence are in the process of being tested. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to those responsible.