WINDSOR, Conn. — The Greater Hartford NAACP is now demanding that Windsor town officials call on the US Justice Department, State and local Police for a rigorous investigation after an 8th noose was found at a local Amazon construction site.
Amazon shut the site down once again due to the most recent discovery. It had only just reopened earlier this week.
"The CT NAACP State Conference along with the Greater Hartford NAACP are outraged at the blatant and consistent disrespect by a select few employees who are working and operating within the Windsor Amazon Site," the group said in a statement.
Amazon spokesperson Nikki Forman confirmed in a statement that the noose was found under electrical materials.
Forman said the decision to shut down the site was made to allow the FBI to continue their investigation. It is unclear at this time how long they will keep their doors closed.
“Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace — whether it be under construction like this one, or fully operational," she said in a statement.
Forman added: "We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe.”
Windsor police say the noose was found mixed in with and entangled with electrical cords that were used for lighting. Police added used for more than two weeks and were stored on a pallet with other electrical equipment on the floor.
A worker found the noose and reported it. The FBI Civil Rights Division and the Connecticut State Police are helping Windsor police with the investigation. As of May 26, over 100 employees at the construction site have been interviewed.
Officials say they will lay out thoughts, concerns, and demands that they deem pertinent after the 8th incident of its kind within a month period.
"These perpetrators, these criminals; NEED to be held accountable," the NAACP added.
During a press conference, the NAACP said they were scheduled to talk with the workers Wednesday at the site but were turned away due to the noose being found.
Police first responded to the location back on April 27, where they were told by a construction supervisor, a safety team found a noose. The safety team removed and threw it away.
The NAACP says these forms of hate crimes hit so close to home and have had a detrimental stain on the current state of America's reality.
"[They] show a robust disrespect for the not only human decency but also for our ancestors who lost their lives due to the hate represented within the knots in those ropes."
With Wednesday's discovery, a total of eight nooses have turned up at the location.
As of this week, a reward for information leading to an arrest has reached $100,000.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call the Windsor Police Department at (860) 688-5273.
This is a developing story. FOX61 will provide more details as they become available.
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