Minority police want better investigation of noose found at 42nd Precinct in Melrose

(09/15/04) MELROSE - Minority police officers say the NYPD is not doing enough to investigate who is responsible for a hangman's noose found in a Bronx station house and exactly what is behind it.

The noose was found hanging in the 42nd Precinct in Melrose about two weeks ago. Officers say it came on the heels of brewing tensions about allegations of racial discrimination at the station house.

Police commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD has concluded its investigation into the incident and has determined there was no racial motivation behind it. Officials say the noose was actually left by one white officer for another. But many minority police organizations say they are not buying the results of the NYPD's investigation. They are now asking the city's commission on human rights to launch a separate investigation.

Minority police groups claim the commanding officer at the 42nd Precinct, James Guida, is not taking the incident seriously. They are also calling for him to be reassigned to a new position.

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