Noose Found Hanging in New York Police Station
Saturday, September 29, 2007
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A noose was found dangling in the headquarters of a suburban police department that prides itself on its diversity, the police chief said.
The noose was spotted in a locker room Friday morning, said Chief Joseph Wing, who called in Nassau County police to help investigate what he called a "horrific and intolerable" incident with racist overtones. Nooses are reviled by many as symbols of lynchings in the Old South.
About half of Hempstead's 107 police officers are minorities, most of them black, said Wing, who is of Asian and European descent. The department recently displayed a banner noting its participation in a countywide effort to recruit minorities and women as police officers.
"It's astonishing to hear something like this is happening in Nassau County in 2007, especially in Hempstead Village," said John Nedd, president of the Nassau County Guardian Association, a black police officers' group.
Corey Pegues, a New York City police captain and the president of the Long Island chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, said members believed the noose may have been directed at a high-ranking Hempstead police official who is black
09-29-2007 11:35 AM #1
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09-29-2007 10:00 PM #2
This is all over our local news. From the news conference: What is going on?
The Village of Hempstead's mayor and police chief vowed Saturday to fully investigate the discovery of a noose inside a locker room used by officers at the village police station, with Mayor Wayne Hall saying he "will not tolerate" the use of such a racially charged symbol.
Hempstead Deputy Police Chief Willie Dixon, who attended the news conference, said he was the target of the incident. Dixon, who is African-American, is the third-highest ranking officer on the 107-member force and oversees the patrol division, civil employees and scheduling.
"In my 27-year career of being a Hempstead police officer, what happened yesterday was not only an insult, but it hurt me deeply," said Dixon, surrounded by members of two African-American officers' groups and clergy who called for a U.S. Department of Justice probe.
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/na...,6459369.story"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."
10-01-2007 08:16 PM #3