Amazon is forced to close the Connecticut distribution center after the eighth noose in a month has been found
Amazon was forced to halt construction of a Connecticut distribution center again after an eighth noose was found on the site within a month,
The internet sales giant halted construction of its new fulfillment center in Windsor, Connecticut on Wednesday after the discovery was made.
Previously, work stopped on May 19 after the discovery of the seventh noose on the spot.
Windsor police chief Donald Melanson said the eighth noose was found Wednesday morning by a worker on the fifth floor of the construction site.
Melanson said that area had not been worked in two weeks, leading police to believe the noose had been there all along.
The noose was made of red rope and was entwined with yellow electrical cables, NBC Connecticut reported.
“This was clearly a noose,” Melanson said.
Cameras were installed to monitor doors and stairwells after the seventh noose was found on May 19, but researchers say the construction site is too large to be sufficiently covered with surveillance cameras in its entirety.
An eighth noose (pictured) was found on the grounds of the Connecticut Amazon construction site. The noose was made of red rope and entwined with yellow electrical cables
Amazon offered a $ 100,000 reward that led to the arrest of the people responsible after the seventh noose was discovered on May 19. A noose discovered earlier on the site is depicted.
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Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP, said on Wednesday that the noose poses a threat to the black community.
“It’s a direct threat to your life,” Esdaile said. This is a serious white supremacist message being sent to our entire community. It’s sick. It is unacceptable. We demand better. ‘
The eighth noose was discovered the same day the NAACP was scheduled to meet with several workers to discuss their safety, but the meetings were canceled after the site closed, the Hartford Courant reported.
The local NAACP branch said they have been in contact with several black workers on the site.
They have called on Amazon to keep the site closed so the FBI can properly investigate, but it was scheduled to reopen for construction work on Thursday.
A $ 100,000 reward has been offered for information about the person or people leaving the slings on the site.
“Hatred, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are not tolerated in any Amazon workplace – whether under construction like this one, or fully operational,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. ‘Today the site is closed to allow the FBI to continue their investigation after the discovery of a noose under electrical equipment’,
“We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement and our development partners to hold the perpetrators to account and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe,” the statement added.
The eighth noose was discovered the same day members of the Connecticut NAACP (pictured) met with several workers to discuss their safety.
The Connecticut facility (pictured) covers more than 3.6 million square feet and has ‘hundreds of contractors coming in and out every hour during peak hours’
The site was closed earlier over the weekend so cameras and other security measures could be taken after the discovery of a seventh noose on May 19.
CoConstruction was temporarily halted, but not all parts of the massive building are covered, Melanson added.
The site covers more than 3.6 million square feet and has “hundreds of contractors coming in and out every hour at peak times,” Melanson said.
Police say the first noose was discovered on April 27. Two days later, on April 29, five more ropes were found around the building.
Five uniformed Windsor police officers are assigned to walk the grounds, talk to workers and keep an eye on them. CBS News reported.
The loops have all been discovered in areas where there are no surveillance cameras, police said
Amazon offered a $ 100,000 reward that led to the arrest of those responsible after the seventh noose was discovered on May 19.
After the first noose appeared on April 27, police were called back to the site the next day after reports that another rope had been thrown around a beam, but police said the second incident was “ no noose. ”
The next day – April 29 – five more ‘ropes that could be interpreted as slings’ were found all over the site.
The site is expected to reopen Friday.