Florida Firefighters Offer Reward in Noose Incident

The Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, in conjunction with the Justice Coalition and Crimestoppers, is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the placement of two nooses inside Fire Station 4 last February.
The group will be making an announcement about the reward Monday at 5 p.m. at the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters complex on Stockton Street.
Last week, U.S. Attorney Paul Perez sent a letter to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, said it was impossible to determine if one of the cases was "a hate crime or a hoax." In the other case, Perez said, "we do not believe there is a reasonable probability of obtaining a conviction" for federal hate crimes or for perjury.
The federal prosecutor cited the lack of cooperation of one of the alleged victims and conflicting statements of many of those interviewed as factors in declining to prosecute anyone for the alleged crimes.

Previous Stories:

  • November 22, 2006: Firefighter Discusses Noose Incident, Fed's Decision Not To Prosecute
  • November 22, 2006: Feds: Investigation Of Firehouse Nooses Inconclusive
  • November 15, 2006: Mayor Responds To JFRD Task Force Findings
  • September 18, 2006: Duval Grand Jury Won't Investigate JFRD
  • August 8, 2006: Human Rights Panel: Mayor Might Need To Replace Fire Chief, Top Staff
  • February 21, 2006: Another Black Firefighter Tells Of Noose
  • February 20, 2006: Fire Chief: Those Who Put Nooses In Firehouse Will Be Terminated
  • February 17, 2006: Nooses Found At Downtown Fire Station

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