Months After Noose Crime, Investigation Continues Without Suspect

Lisa Hirschmann, Columbia Spectator (Columbia University), January 25, 2008

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes task force continues to investigate the Oct. 9 hate crime at Teachers College but remains without suspects in the incident involving a noose found on an African-American professor’s door.

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A test performed on the rope used to form the noose yielded no DNA that could be used to identify the perpetrator.

Furthermore, a review of the security videotapes subpoenaed by Teachers College produced “no valuable information,” confirmed Deputy Inspector Michael Osgood, who heads the investigation. The police subpoenaed the video tapes at TC’s request, as the school could not otherwise hand them over due to privacy concerns.

Osgood insisted that the hate crimes task force will continue to work on the case as long as information resources remain untapped. “We will maintain discipline through the investigative process, we will exhaust all investigative pathways, and whatever that yields . . . that will yield some result,” he said.

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The Teachers College administration and its Office for Community and Diversity plan to continue to address students’ concerns about the incident with numerous initiatives, including brown bag lunch discussions, a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to educate faculty on managing conversations about race in the classroom, and the reevaluation of faculty hiring and the curriculum.

Teachers College Student Senate President Michelle Cammarata said that she believes, however, that students have turned their focus away from the investigation of the crime and toward the diversity and community issues highlighted by the incident.

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[Editor’s Note: Refresh your memory about the Columbia noose incident here.]

noose

The famous Columbia noose.

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