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Black electrician finds two nooses hanging in work space

Black apprentice electrician, 23, finds two nooses hanging in his work space after ‘being targeted by his white colleagues’

  • Kyrin Taylor, 23, says he was working for Cooper Power & Lighting Corp in Long Island’s Farmingdale neighborhood on April 20 when he found the nooses
  • Both were hanging in a work area that Taylor frequents on a daily basis and had allegedly been put there by his white colleagues 
  • Taylor said he called police and his union to report the incident but was scolded by his boss for involving authorities 
  • Taylor, who has worked at the company since December, said he is the only black employee 
  • The Suffolk County Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating 

Police are investigating after a black apprentice electrician in New York found two nooses hung in his work area that he says were put there by his white colleagues. 

Kyrin Taylor, 23, says he was working for Cooper Power & Lighting Corp in Long Island’s Farmingdale neighborhood on April 20 when he found the nooses. 

One noose was fully tied and the second looked like it had been attempted, according to Taylor. 

Both were hanging in a work area that Taylor frequents on a daily basis.  

‘It was a really hard day for me,’ Taylor told WABC

Police are investigating after Kyrin Taylor, 23, a black apprentice electrician in New York, found two nooses hung in his work area that had allegedly been put there by his white colleagues

Kyrin Taylor, 23, says he was working for Cooper Power & Lighting Corp in Long Island's Farmingdale neighborhood on April 20 when he found the nooses

Kyrin Taylor, 23, says he was working for Cooper Power & Lighting Corp in Long Island’s Farmingdale neighborhood on April 20 when he found the nooses

‘I instantly felt anger. I felt scared. I felt like my life was in danger. I didn’t know what to really do to be honest.’ 

Taylor said he called police and his union to report the incident but was scolded by his boss for involving authorities. 

‘I couldn’t believe he didn’t show any compassion, didn’t say sorry or have my back,’ Taylor said. 

‘He made it seem like I was wrong for calling the police and asking for help.’ 

Taylor, who has worked at the company since December, said he is the only black employee.

He claimed it was not the first time he had been targeted because of his race.  

‘Plain and simple, this noose was a threat of lynching aimed at me for daring to speak up and refusing to be disrespected,’ he said. 

One noose was fully tied and the second looked like it had been attempted, according to Taylor

One noose was fully tied and the second looked like it had been attempted, according to Taylor

Both of the nooses were hanging in a work area that Taylor frequents on a daily basis, the apprentice electrician said

Both of the nooses were hanging in a work area that Taylor frequents on a daily basis, the apprentice electrician said

‘I should not have to worry about my safety, but now I do. I should not have to lose sleep, but now I do.’ 

Taylor’s attorney, Frederick Brewington, said it was not possible that his client mistook the nooses for some type of rigging work. 

‘It is not a rigging, which is used the electrical work process,’ Brewington said. 

‘There is no need for a hangman’s noose to be used.’ 

The Suffolk County Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating the incident.  

Taylor’s union has since helped Taylor find a new job in the wake of the incident.  

It was not immediately clear if Taylor and his attorney were planning legal action against the company.  

Cooper Power & Lighting Corp or Taylor’s former boss have not commented on the incident.   

Taylor, who has worked at the company since December, said he is the only black employee. Cooper Power & Lighting Corp or Taylor's former boss have not commented on the incident

Taylor, who has worked at the company since December, said he is the only black employee. Cooper Power & Lighting Corp or Taylor’s former boss have not commented on the incident

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