Amazon halts construction of Connecticut distribution centre after discovering 8th noose

Amazon forced to halt construction of a Connecticut distribution center again after an eighth noose was found on the site in just a month.

The internet sales giant shut down building work on its new fulfillment center in Windsor, Connecticut on Wednesday after the discovery was made.

It previously paused work on May 19 after the discovery of the seventh noose on site.

Windsor Police Chief Donald Melanson said the eighth noose was found Wednesday morning by a worker on the fifth floor of the construction site.

Melanson said that area had not been worked on in two weeks, leading police to believe the noose has been there for that period of time.

The noose was made in red rope and was entangled with yellow electrical cables, NBC reported.

‘This was clearly a noose,’ Melanson said.

Cameras were installed to monitor doors and stairwells after the seventh noose was found on May 19, but investigators say the construction site is too large to be adequately covered with surveillance cameras in its entirety.

Nooses were used to lynch black people in southern states, with racial equality experts saying they remain a potent symbol of hate and violence towards black people.

Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP, said on Wednesday that the nooses are a threat to the black community.

‘It’s a direct threat on your life,’ Esdaile said. ‘This is a serious, white supremacist message being sent to our entire community. It’s sick. It’s unacceptable. We demand better.’

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information on the person or people who are leaving the nooses at the site.

‘Hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our society and are certainly not tolerated in any Amazon workplace — whether it be under construction like this one, or fully operational,’ a spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement.

‘Today, the site was shut down to allow the FBI to continue their investigation following the discovery of a noose found under electrical materials.’

‘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 statement added.