Amazon closed its Connecticut site over the weekend to allow cameras and for additional safety measures precautions to be put in place. This happened when the 7th noose was discovered on Wednesday last week.
However, the 8th noose was discovered again on Wednesday morning, a day when NAACP officials were scheduled to meet workers to discuss safety and security.
Local NAACP officials and city leaders expressed disappointment with law enforcement authorities and Amazon for not putting adequate security measures before reopening the site early this week.
The president of the Connecticut NACCP, Scot X. Esdaile, said on Wednesday afternoon, “This is a complete joke. Smoke and mirrors, a bunch of nonsense that has been said to us, said to the community and communicated to the press. There’s no way this should be happening in Connecticut in 2021. There’s no way.”
The town councilwoman Nuchette Black-Burke stated that the town leadership will organize a “pressure compaign” to force Amazon to close the site “until our quality of life here in the small town of Windsor comes back to normal.”
Further, Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks said, “We are frustrated beyond words,” while Governor Ned Lamont said that these nooses are a “racist provocation of the worst type. I thought we were behind this. In this society, certainly in this day.”
Amazon has offered a $100,000 reward to the individual who will provide information that will lead the person planting these nooses. The state police and FBI are going through the surveillance footage as well as following up on the investigative leads.
On Wednesday, the police department press release said that the 8th noose was “mixed in with and entangled with electrical cords.” The worker who found this noose immediately reported the case to the authorities. It was found in materials that had “not been used for more than two weeks and were being stored on a pallet amongst other electrical equipment on the floor,” the police said.
“I’m talking to Amazon. We’re doing everything from a security point of view, everything we can from a law enforcement point of view, but I can’t change people’s hearts, and it just breaks my heart that this is still going on,” Lamont said.