(AP) — Amazon
has temporarily shut down a new warehouse construction site in Connecticut
after a seventh noose was discovered hanging over a beam, the latest in a string of incidents that local police
have labeled as "potential" hate crimes
Another rope tied like a noose was discovered Wednesday at the site in Windsor, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Hartford, prompting a heightened law enforcement investigation and a call from the state NAACP
on Thursday for the suspect or suspects to be brought to justice.
Amazon stated in a statement that the site will be closed until Monday in order to implement additional security measures.
“We continue to be deeply disturbed by the incidents at the Windsor construction site,” Amazon said, adding that “hatred, racism
, or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in an Amazon workplace
Windsor police said they are collaborating with the FBI
and state police, and the reward for information leading to the identification of the perpetrators has been increased to $100,000. The first noose was discovered at the site last month.
At a press conference outside the site on Thursday, Connecticut NAACP leaders joined state and local officials in condemning what they called racist
“We’re here to make sure that people
are safe,” said Scot X. Esdaile
, president of the state NAACP. “We’re making sure that people’s voices are heard and that this situation is handled professionally and adequately.”
, an iron worker and foreman at the site, said he has overheard racist remarks, including some made by a worker he fired.
“I have personally seen a lot of racism on this job here,” he said at the news
conference, adding that “this is not the only construction site where these things occur, and it has to stop.”