An Amazon facility under construction in Connecticut has seen a nearly a dozen nooses left on the premises since the beginning of April.
After closing the facility last week, Amazon reopened it Wednesday, only to find an eighth noose, according to multiple reports.
The company closed the site again Wednesday evening for investigation.
Amazon has security cameras around entrances and different floors of the partially constructed facility. The company reportedly contributed to a $100,000 reward for information about the incidents. According to the Hartford Courant, the FBI is joining state and local police in investigating the matter, and the NAACP is also in contact with Amazon and law enforcement.
Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement to the Courant, the company said it doesn’t tolerate racism, hate or discrimination.
“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 company said.
Amazon is currently facing at least six lawsuits from women alleging race and gender-based harassment and discrimination across a range of the company’s businesses, including corporate employees, HR workers and women working in delivery operations. According to The Washington Post, the construction industry disproportionately employs white men across the US for jobs that include laborers, carpenters and electricians, and just 7% of the workers are Black. (Nearly 14% of the US population is Black, and 12% of the Connecticut population is Black, according to the US Census.)
The eighth noose was found amid a bundle of electrical cables, and was reportedly described by the Windsor Police Department as a short red rope with a noose tied on one end. The nooses represent a hate crime because of their association with thousands of extrajudicial killings targeting mostly Black people in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Nooses evoke feelings of subjugation, discrimination and fear targeting mainly Black members of society,” the organization wrote in 2017. “The history and imagery are too intimately bound to consider these actions a simple expression of one’s viewpoint.”
As we said it before — Amazon tracks EVERYTHING but can’t track down the person leaving these nooses. Wild.