(WTNH) — Amazon is contributing $25,000 to the reward money to find out who is responsible for displaying a noose and ropes that could be interpreted as nooses at one of their warehouses last month and bring them to justice.
In a statement to News 8 on Thursday, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said:
Amazon remains deeply disturbed by the incident that occurred in Windsor a couple of weeks ago. Hate, racism, and discrimination have no place in our society and are not tolerated in any development associated with Amazon— whether it be under construction like this one, or fully operational.
We are committed to working with the Town and Windsor Police Department, as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected, and safe. We are contributing towards the reward to find and bring to justice those responsible.”
With Amazon’s contribution, the reward totals $50,000.
A noose and five ropes that could be interpreted as nooses were found at an Amazon construction site in Windsor over the course of several days in April.
Amazon says hundreds of employees have access to the areas the noose and ropes were found. Local lawmakers and NAACP leaders are pushing for an arrest and calling on Amazon to do more. Police are investigating who may be responsible and whom they would be targeting.
On Friday, the president of the state NAACP met with a representative from Amazon. It was a big meeting – not only the Amazon representative and the NAACP on a Zoom call, but lawmakers, town leaders and the police chief were there.
“We want all of the nooses off this construction site and all of the nooses off of Amazon’s website,” Scot X. Esdaile, NAACP.
Rep. Bobby Gibson, (D) Windsor added, “Go on Amazon and you will see there are earrings and pendants and necklaces and cups and mugs with nooses.”
“If you don’t support discrimination, why the hell do you have those nooses on your website for. Take them down and take them down now!” Esdaile said.
We talked to the police chief and he says he is bringing the full weight of the law into the investigation from the state police to the FBI. They meet with FBI agents almost daily to go over their databases to check for suspects and look at backgrounds to see if anybody has been involved in a hate crime on the site.
And the NAACP also saying they would like to get onto the site.
“We want to go onto the site and make sure those individuals are safe. We want to have a conversation about how they have been treated on this particular site, and then who they think might have done this particular hate crime,” Esdaile said.
Rep. Gibson said, “This has happened on other sites. This has happened in Phoenix and other sites. Now it’s here. Where is the next noose going to be hung unless it stops now?”