Authorities Investigate Nooses Found Hanging at Clifton New Jersey Home Depot


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Jan 26, 2005
Posted: Friday, 19 October 2007 2:09PM

Authorities Investigate Nooses Found Hanging at N.J. Home Depot

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) -- A Home Depot store here has become but another site in a string of suspected racial bias incidents across the country involving nooses -- sinister symbols of segregation-era lynchings of blacks.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office was investigating black employees' discovery Wednesday of three nooses -- one yellow, one black, one brown -- cut and tied from rope sold in the store and hanging from a store shelf.

The investigation was partially hindered because store management waited for hours to contact police, who didn't arrive until long after store employees had removed the nooses, according to authorities.

"I think either the store manager didn't know exactly what to do, and he may have thought he was doing the right thing, but in essence, the police should have been called immediately,'' Bill Oliver, who investigates bias crimes at the prosecutor's office, told the Herald News of West Paterson for Friday's newspapers.

In an e-mail to the Herald News, Home Depot spokeswoman Sheriee Bowman said the Atlanta-based store chain has a zero tolerance policy against discrimination and harassment, and that management at the Passaic store contacted authorities "as soon as internal reports were compiled.''

"No evidence suggests this was done by a Home Depot Associate. The Home Depot is investigating this incident and is working closely with local authorities to identify the perpetrators,'' Bowman said.

Calvin Merritt, president of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, claimed it was his group that first reported the incident to police, and not store management.

"We reported it first to police after meeting with the management and after they said they would conduct an internal investigation without police. Later on, after we left the police, Home Depot called and said they would make a (police) report,'' Merritt told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Friday newspapers.

The U.S. has seen a spate of noose-related bias incidents amid the Jena Six case in Louisiana, in which six black teenagers were charged with the beating of a white student. The incident happened after nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus there.

Several nooses have been found on New York's Long Island.

On Friday, police said that a construction supervisor had found a noose hanging from a door hinge at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on Thursday -- the same day a noose was found on a fence at a public works garage in the Town of Hempstead.

On Wednesday, two nooses were found at another Long Island community's highway department garage. Late last month, a noose was found at a police department locker room.

On Wednesday, police in the Chicago suburb of South Elgin reported there had been possible racial bias incidents in previous weeks at a Home Depot under construction. Incidents included a noose found hanging near an exit to the garden center.


permanent case of the Moooondays
Apr 27, 2005
Good job news media whorebags. You drew attention to it and act like it's such a serious matter - now here come all the copycats. :arrrh:
Nov 29, 2006
Good job news media whorebags. You drew attention to it and act like it's such a serious matter - now here come all the copycats. :arrrh:
Exactly. Guess what's the hot new Fall fad this year.