Authorities in Connecticut are following leads in the case of eight nooses left at an Amazon construction site in the town of Windsor in recent weeks, and have conducted interviews as part of the probe, a state official said Thursday.
Brian Foley of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which includes State Police, said in a telephone interview that investigators have had “success” in analyzing evidence collected from the site and “as such, have conducted interviews.”
He declined to elaborate on who was interviewed.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont took to Twitter to strongly condemn whoever was responsible for placing the nooses.
“The events of the past several weeks at the Amazon construction site in Windsor have been disgusting and hateful,” Lamont said. “The individuals responsible for these actions must be held accountable, and we urge law enforcement to be aggressive in their investigation.”
Lamont said the “repeated behavior is calculated, and clearly meant to stoke fear and encourage racism and bigotry. What we have been seeing at this facility is wrong, and we condemn these actions in the strongest of terms.”
His comments came the same day the NAACP and other state and local officials decried what they called continued racism at the site, where the nooses have been discovered at various points within the past month.
“We have a serious problem in America and it hasn’t gone away,” said Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. “It’s deplorable. It’s sickening. It’s a sick mindset that Black people have to fight against.”
Esdaile didn’t immediately return an e-mail seeking further comment Thursday.
Amazon closed the site over the weekend, saying it was beefing up security after the seventh noose was found last week. Amazon closed the site again Wednesday so the FBI could investigate after the latest noose was found under some electrical materials, company spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement.
“Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace,” Nantel said, adding that the company is working with law enforcement to hold the perpetrators accountable.
Neither the FBI office in New Haven, Connecticut, nor Amazon immediately returned requests for comment Thursday morning. Windsor Police Chief Donald Melanson and a Connecticut State Police spokesman also couldn’t immediately be reached Thursday.
Amazon has offered a $100,000 reward for information, Newsweek reported Friday.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.