- A noose-like rope has been found in an Amazon construction site in Windsor, Connecticut.
- This is the eighth time the incident has happened since April.
- Officials from Windsor and Amazon believe the incidents are acts of racism.
Amazon has again closed its construction site in Windsor, Connecticut, after another noose was discovered on the site on Wednesday, per multiple reports.
This is the eighth noose-like rope found on the property. The first noose was found in April, while five more ropes were found in recent weeks, said Windsor Police Capt. Andrew Power in a statement given to USA Today.
According to a police statement cited by CNN, the noose discovered on Wednesday was entangled with electrical wires stored on a pallet on the fifth floor of the construction site, which had not been worked on for more than two weeks.
Police said the workers who found the noose immediately reported it to authorities.
According to ABC News, Amazon previously closed the construction site over the weekend and announced that it would tighten security protocols after the discovery of the nooses.
According to CNN, there were surveillance cameras placed in the stairwells and on each floor, but given the building’s size, not every part is covered.
In a statement given to PEOPLE, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said that Amazon shut down the construction site again after Wednesday’s incident to allow an investigation.
“Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace,” Nantel said. “We will continue to work with all levels of law enforcement as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe.”
The local authorities are working with the state police and the FBI to get possible leads in the case, said a report by CNN. The retailer plans to reopen the Windsor construction site Thursday, Chief Donald Melanson of the Windsor Police Department said.
Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile told the Associated Press: “We have a serious problem in America and it hasn’t gone away. It’s deplorable. It’s sickening. It’s a sick mindset that Black people have to fight against.”
Nuchette Black-Burke, Windsor’s town council member, shared the same sentiments with Esdaile. She told AP that in history, a noose was used to hung people from trees, in different places, so it’s something that has an impact.
Amazon is offering a $100,000 reward for anyone who can provide leads on who’s behind the incidents.