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A reported “noose” tied to the back of a city truck in August, which stirred already simmering racia... 2014-12-12 Oakland California
City report debunks ‘noose’ allegation at Oakland corporation yard
REBECCA PARR & TOM LOCHNER
A reported “noose” tied to the back of a city truck in August, which stirred already simmering racial tensions at Oakland’s Corporation Yard, was not an intended act of racial harassment, a city-commissioned report has found.
The 25-page report by the law firm Hanson Bridgett immediately came under attack by SEIU Local 1021, the union that represents the two workers who spotted the rope tied to a bar on the back of a city-issued pickup truck and filed a complaint.
According to the report, a union representative changed the rope’s position on the crossbar so that it looked much more like a hangman’s noose shortly before reporters arrived to snap photos.
The investigation determined that the rope — in its original position — was not intended to look like a noose and that “the knot was not inconsistent with the legitimate purpose of securing the rope to the truck.”
SEIU blasted the report for not delving more into claims of racial unrest and favoritism at the Corporation Yard. One of the workers who filed the complaint had recently been passed up for a promotion to supervisor in favor of an outside applicant, according to the union.