The Story is of a Columbia University professor, Madonna Constantine, found a noose on her office door Tuesday morning.
The new York police are considering this a hate crime and are trying to investigate and are having their investigation obstructed by Columbia University who are refusing to turn over the security tapes which would show who put that noose on the Professors door.
Columbia University has refused to turn over security videotape that could help identify who hung a noose on a black professor's office door, police said Thursday.
Investigators began asking on Wednesday for tapes from cameras in the building, but have been rebuffed by administrators, said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department's top spokesman.
He said police will have to get a court order to force the school to provide video they believe could crack the case.
"It's unfortunate because it adds a time-consuming step to the investigation," Browne said.
A Columbia spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
Authorities were testing the 4-foot-long twine noose for DNA evidence, but had no suspects as of Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, the professor who was the target of the attack, Madonna Constantine, told hundreds of faculty and students at a rally on the Ivy League campus that the incident was a "blatant act of racism" that "reeks of cowardice and fear."
"I'm upset that our community has been exposed to such an unbelievably vile incident," she said.
Police believe the noose was placed on the doorknob of Constantine's office at Teachers College — Columbia's graduate school of education — Tuesday morning, when a colleague spotted it and notified authorities.
From Daily News:
A black Columbia University professor targeted by a hangman's noose delivered a defiant message during a protest rally Wednesday: "I will not be silent."
A day after the racist symbol was left dangling on her office door, Madonna Constantine was greeted by raucous cheers of support at Teachers College.
"Hanging a noose on my door reeks of cowardice and fear," said Constantine, who teaches psychology and education and has written on racism.
"I want the perpetrator to know I will not be silent."
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident as a bias crime.
"We have no suspects in this case, no 'persons of interest,'" said NYPD Inspector Michael Osgood, who assigned a sergeant and six detectives to the investigation.
Cops were conducting DNA tests on the noose, a 4-foot length of hand-tied twine.
They also planned to question some of Constantine's colleagues, including Prof. Suniya Luthar.
Police sources said Constantine and Luthar crossed swords over a plum assignment at the university, but stressed that Luthar was not a suspect.
In May, Constantine filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking damages of $100,000 from Luthar for defamation.
This is simply another incident in a long line which Columbia University seems to find itself in the middle of. The latest was the controversy after they gave the lunatic from Iran Ahmadinejad, a forum, to speak at Columbia, which resulted in protests and backlash against the school officials.
Last year they were amid controversy also for allowing their students to violently attack another speaker that was invited to the school to talk, Jim Gilchrist.
Is this really the type of school we want our children being "educated" from?
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