Employee Admits to Taunting Black Women With Noose… So Why Hasn’t He Been Fired?
A white Michigan government employee has now been suspended after admitting to taunting a black coworker with a noose made from toilet paper and tape, however, the Michigan Advocacy Coalition is now calling for the employee to receive termination and prosecution for this horrific hate-filled incident.
The woman who’d made claims of being racially targeted, Andrea Brown, says that she’d returned early from her shift break at the Juvenile Justice Center only to find the toilet paper object behind her chair, which was depicted as a noose.
According to the Macomb Daily News, Ms. Brown took her complaints to her shift supervisor and that was when the department began their investigation into the matter.
Just two months later, Brown received a letter telling her 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.
However, Brown continued with her persistency in the complaint, and Greg Murray, the executive director of the coalition, accompanied her to the sheriff’s office to file a criminal complaint in the matter. The FBI has since gotten involved, and though it’s not clear as to the extent of their work on the case, before March 3rd Brown found herself being informed once again that the employee responsible for the ignorant and racist act was on administrative leave.
Understandably, both Brown and Murray felt that more needed to be done in the matter.
“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.
So, what are your thoughts on this matter? Should there be extensive action taken in the form of prosecution? Or do you think termination is enough?
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