A Lafayette construction superintendent has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, a large real estate developer, claiming he was the victim of a campaign of racial harassment and discrimination that culminated when his boss attempted to throw a noose around his neck.
When the worker, an African American man identified only as Nicholas P. in court documents due to fears for his safety, sent pictures of the noose to the owner of the company — SRM Development — he was called a “snitch,” subjected to further harassment and eventually forced to leave his job, said his lawyer, Leslie Levy.
According to the complaint, on Aug. 7, 2014, Nicholas was working at his desk at a Lafayette work site when he felt something hit the hard hat he was wearing. He looked up and saw a noose with a hangman’s knot hanging over his cubicle wall and heard his supervisor say, “Did I get him? That’s how we do them in Idaho,” while laughing and continuing to dangle the noose, the suit alleges.
Nicholas left early, but when he returned to work the next day, the noose still hung on his cubicle until an engineer with SRM moved it to the center of the room because it would “fit (Nicholas) better there,” according to court records.
When Nicholas came back from lunch that day, he found a wanted poster of an African American man hung in the noose with his name written on it, Levy said.
The U.S. Justice Department plans a thorough investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department after a string of officer-involved shootings and a number of high-profile abuse cases alleging the use of excessive and deadly force.
Tuesday’s announcement, first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, comes months after the police department in New Mexico’s biggest city was the target of protests, lawsuits and demands for wide-scale agency overhaul from civil rights advocates amid 25 officer-involved shootings - 17 of them fatal - since 2010.
In addition, the Albuquerque Police Department has been plagued in recent months by a number of high-profile cases alleging excessive force by officers, including some cases caught on video.
One video showed officers giving each other celebratory “belly bumps” after beating a suspected car thief in a parking garage. Another clip showed an officer illegally entering an apartment and using a stun gun on one suspect, then punching another suspect after he had surrendered.
The department also was forced to change its social media policy involving officers after a detective shot and killed a man last year and listed his occupation as “human waste disposal” on his Facebook page. The detective was later suspended and transferred out of the department’s gang unit to field services.
This article doesn’t mention the Department’s Repeat Offender Project using a noose as its symbol for twenty years. Maybe because they quit doing it last June, when it became public. It also doesn’t mention that the police union was paying up to $500 to officers involved in fatal shootings. That ended in April.
I think they may have contributed to the Justice Department’s decision to launch a full-scale investigation.
Two white teens who allegedly put a noose around the neck of a black youth and held him captive at a Southwest Side home were charged with a hate crime Thursday in juvenile court.
The 17-year-old boy — a former student of Brother Rice High School who was expelled after the incident was publicized last month — and a Morgan Park High School student, 16, both appeared before Judge Colleen Sheehan in their first court appearance in connection with the alleged Dec. 23 attack.
Both boys teamed up with former Brother Rice student Matthew Herrmann, 18, to target Joshua Merritt, 17, because they were allegedly unhappy that Merritt was friends with the 16-year-old’s female cousin, officials said.
Merritt — also a Brother Rice student — was allegedly held against his will at the 16-year-old’s home in the 1600 block of West 100th, threatened with a butterfly knife and targeted with racial epithets while a noose was placed around his neck.
Fundamental religion based hate for Gays in England comes from a group at a Mosque. Like the Hate groups AFA, Westboro Baptist, Family Research Council, and even the Catholic Bishop protesting the gay pride event in the US, these guys will probably try to paint themselves as victims of religious discrimination.
A group of men handed out a leaflet calling for homosexuals to be given the death sentence, a court has heard.
The five men from Derby are said to have distributed notices titled The Death Penalty? outside a mosque and put them through people’s letterboxes.
The men deny stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The prosecution at Derby Crown Court called the literature, given out in the lead up to a gay pride event in 2010, as “frightening”.
Ihjaz Ali, 42, Mehboob Hussain, 45, Umar Javed, 38, Razwan Javed, 27, and Kabir Ahmen, 28, have said the leaflets were designed to “raise awareness”.
‘Punished by hanging’
The court heard the leaflet was one of three distributed by the group as it tried to organise a protest against Derby’s Gay Pride event in July 2010.
It showed an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and said gay people were destined to go to hell
Prosecutor Bobbie Cheema said a copy was handed to a police officer near Jamia Mosque, on Rosehill Street in Derby, on 2 July 2010.