Amazon Offers $100K Reward After 7 Nooses Found on Windsor, CT, Construction Site

A $100,00 reward is being offered for anyone who can provide information which helps find those responsible for placing nooses around an Amazon site under construction in Windsor, Connecticut.

A total of seven hangman's nooses have been discovered there since April 27.

As reported by WTNH, Windsor police were first called to the site after a construction company supervisor found one noose hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of the building.

There was no surveillance footage in the area of the building and it is accessible to hundreds of employees from various companies.

Police were called to the site on April 28 to reports of another rope in the same area, although police determined it was not a noose, and again on April 29 after five additional ropes that could be interpreted as nooses were found across the building.

The noose has been designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

"The noose may appear as a drawing or rendering, but also quite common is the use of actual nooses to intimidate or harass African-Americans (or sometimes other minorities)—for example, by leaving one at someone's home or at their workplace," a page expanding upon this designation on the ADL's website states.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gave a press conference after the discovery of a seventh noose at the Amazon construction site on Wednesday, May 19.

"These forms of hate crimes have had a detrimental stain on the current state of America's reality and for them to hit so close to home and with such consistency, shows a robust disrespect for the not only human decency but also for our ancestors who lost their lives due to the hate represented within the knots in those ropes," the Connecticut NAACP State Conference and Greater Hartford NAACP said in a statement.

Amazon originally offered $50,000 as reward for information but have now increased that to $100,000. along with further contribution from the developer of the site following the discovery of the seventh noose.

Amazon is also shutting down construction at the facility following the discovery of the latest noose.

"Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated by Amazon—whether at a site under construction like this one, or at one that we operate," Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said to WFSB.

"We are committed to working with the Town and Windsor Police Department, as well as our development partners, to hold the perpetrators accountable and ensure that all members of our community feel valued, respected and safe."

In a statement to Newsweek, the Windsor Police Department said: "The Town of Windsor prides itself in being an inclusive and diverse community. These incidents do not represent the character of our community.

"We stand united in condemning these acts that are hateful and intolerant. Nooses are hateful and are intended to inflict emotional pain to persons of color. We stand with all of our residents to strengthen Windsor's inclusiveness were every person is welcomed and valued."

Anyone that has information regarding the incident is asked to call the Windsor Police
Department at (860) 688-5273.

The New Haven Division of the FBI said they are also lending their resources to the investigation.

"The implications of a hanging noose anywhere are unacceptable and will always generate the appropriate investigative response," FBI Special Agent in Charge David Sundberg told Newsweek.

"We stand united with all of our law enforcement partners across the state in rooting out and applying the rule of law to any individual or group perpetuating hateful ideology and intimidation in our communities."

Amazon has been contacted for comment.

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Close-up of sign with logo on facade of the regional headquarters of ecommerce company Amazon in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale, California, October 28, 2018. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to those responsible after seven nooses were discovered at the construction site of an Amazon distribution center. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Update 05/21/21, 10:22 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with comment from Windsor Police and the FBI.