Michigan, News, Noose, Race, Racism -

Government employee taunts black coworker with paper noose

Michigan, News, Noose, Race, Racism -

Government employee taunts black coworker with paper noose

A white Michigan government employee was suspended after confessing to taunting a black coworker with a noose made out of toilet paper and tape, but the Michigan Advocacy Coalition is calling for the employee’s termination and prosecution.

The woman who was the target of the racist taunting, Andrea Brown, had returned early from a shift break at the Juvenile Justice Center to find the tissue paper object, which depicted someone being hanged from a noose, behind her chair.

According to the Macomb Daily, Brown complained to her supervisor, and the department conducted an investigation into the matter.

Two months later, Brown received a letter saying that the investigation had concluded. “Based upon this investigation, the County was unable to corroborate a violation of County policy; however an unprofessional exchange did occur,” wrote Service Director Karen Bathanti.

But Brown persisted and contacted the coalition, and Greg Murray, the coalition’s executive director, went with her to the sheriff’s department to file a criminal complaint. The FBI got involved, though it’s not clear the extent of their involvement, before, at last, on March 3, Brown was informed that a county employee had confessed to leaving the noose for her to find. She was also told that the employee was placed on administrative leave, but both Murray and Brown felt that it was not enough.

“We have been told that employee has been placed on administrative leave, which is not an appropriate response to a self-confessed hate crime. We find it perplexing and outrageous that the person who committed this heinous hate crime has not yet been fired and charged with a hate crime,” Murray said.

“We want this person to feel the full weight and power of the prosecutorial process. We are asking the Justice Department to review this hate crime. There should be zero tolerance for this horrible act of intimidation,” she added.

Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin has since responded, explaining, “Even though he admitted guilt, before we discipline or prosecute him we want the investigation to be complete,” and adding, “There have been no problems with him in the past.”

“The Executive’s Office takes a complete zero tolerance approach to any type of intimidation or harassment in the workplace and encourages anyone to come forward,” Deldin added.


The post Government employee taunts black coworker with paper noose appeared first on theGrio.

Leave a comment

Related Posts

Radio Ad Claims Democrats Will ‘Be Lynching Black Folk Again’ To Scare Black Voters
A conservative PAC is using the lynching of innocent Black men and the Black community’s sordid history with the medi...
Read More
The 10 Best Deals of October 19, 2018
We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
Read More
Roland Martin and Jason Whitlock battle in debate about sports, police brutality and race (WATCH)
Journalist Roland Martin went head-to-head last night with FOX sports journalist Jason Whitlock in a battle of ideas,...
Read More
Clark Atlanta president resigns, effective Dec. 7 Ronald A. Johnson had led the school since July 2015
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) president Ronald A. Johnson is leaving the school, his resignation effective Dec. 7. “...
Read More