The Amazon construction site in Windsor has been shut down until at least Monday while security measures are put in place, Amazon representative Brian Griggs said, after a seventh noose was found.
Windsor Police Chief Donald Melanson said the latest incident happened Wednesday during a lunch break. A piece of rope with a loop at the end was found hung over a beam.
At a press conference Thursday Greater Hartford NAACP leader Scott X. Esdaile said the organization will not stop applying pressure until justice is served.
Whoever planted the latest rope is making a statement that “they’re not going anywhere,” he said. The NAACP is not going anywhere either, Esdaile said.
“They’re not gonna push us back; we’re gonna push them back,” he said.
The first noose at the site near Kennedy Road was found and reported on April 27, followed by reports of five more ropes that looked similar to a noose. The ropes were hung in an area without surveillance cameras, police said, and because the area has “hundreds of employees from various companies,” there’s been limited information on suspects or potential leads. Last week, evidence was sent to a state lab for processing, police said.
Five uniformed Windsor police officers have been walking through the site every day, talking to workers and keeping a watchful eye, Melanson said.
Still, an iron worker who worked at the site, Carlos Best, said he has heard racist remarks from other workers and even had to fire one worker on his crew for racist comments.
“I’ve seen a lot of racism on this job site,” he said.
Brian Foley, spokesman for public safety commissioner James Rovella, said all state police resources have been made available. Melanson said Windsor police “will leave no stone unturned” in the investigation. He also said that the FBI is helping in the investigation.
Anyone arrested would be charged with a hate crime, he said.
“The implications of a hanging noose anywhere are unacceptable,” FBI Special Agent in Charge David Sundberg said in a statement Thursday. “We stand united with all our law enforcement partners across the state in rooting out and applying the rule of law to any individual or group perpetuating hateful ideology and intimidation in our communities.”
A reward being offered by Amazon and the construction team for information that helps nab whoever is responsible has been increased to $100,000 following the latest incident, Griggs said.