Two nooses were discovered hanging from trees in central Brooklyn this month, according to local City Council member Robert Cornegy, Jr. and the NYPD.
A 31-year-old man was walking on Eastern Parkway near the corner of Classon Avenue around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th, when he saw a noose hanging from a tree, police said. The intersection is a block east of the Brooklyn Museum in Crown Heights.
The following Thursday, around 8:00 p.m., someone hung a white noose from a tree outside of the Brooklyn Library branch at 496 Franklin Avenue near Hancock Street. The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
Councilman Cornegy held a press conference outside the library Sunday to raise the alarm about both incidents.
"While this community sits at the epicenter of gentrification and displacement, we will not be intimidated by these vile acts of hatred and bigotry," Councilman Cornegy wrote in a post on Facebook. "I have on one end seniors in this district who witnessed firsthand the ravages of lynching in this country and on the other youth who are among the most disenfranchised in the nation, both who frequent that library."
Cornegy was joined Sunday by members of the Brooklyn NAACP, the Human Rights Commission, National Action Network, Community Board 3, and the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, according to his office.
The councilman described the acts as "demonstrative of no less than domestic terrorism," according to the Daily News, adding that "we believe that the rhetoric from the White House contributes directly to setting a climate that makes people think that it’s acceptable that these acts take place."
According to police statistics, hate crimes in New York City leapt 106 percent this past March, compared to the same time last year. Of 128 reported hate crimes in March 2017, 12 were directed at black New Yorkers.