ORANGE (CBS) — Employees at the Orange County Labor Federation offices found a noose hanging from the building’s roof when workers arrived for work Friday morning, police said.
“It’s just sickening to see, that’s all I can say about it. It just made me sick inside,” said executive director Tefere Gebre.
The noose was hanging directly in front of the door as employees came to work.
“We didn’t have any kind of incidents like this before and we had no reason to anticipate anything like this in 2011 either,” said Gebre.
Police don’t know how the noose got there or who is behind it. Workers who stayed late for negotiations left the building at midnight. The noose was discovered at 8 o’clock the next morning.
The federation represents more than 90 unions and is currently negotiating contracts with grocery workers and employees at Angels Stadium.
“If it was meant to intimidate us, it ain’t gonna work,” said Gebre. “We would actually double our efforts to stand up and fight for working families.”
There are no security cameras at the complex as officials say it’s typically a safe and quiet area. Residences and businesses surround the neighborhood. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Orange police.