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Police: Columbia Won’t Turn Over Noose Video

From a nervous Associated Press:


Police: Columbia won’t turn over video

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 11

NEW YORK – 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 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 noose 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

Court records show Constantine filed a defamation lawsuit in May against another professor of psychology and education, Suniya S. Luthar.

The one-page filing in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court also accuses Luthar of libel and slander and asks for $100,000 in damages. The single page was signed only by Constantine and does not indicate if she had a lawyer.

Luthar declined to discuss the lawsuit. She wouldn’t say if she had spoken with police about the noose.

“I think it is an unspeakably ghastly, horrible incident,” she said Thursday.

The state Attorney General’s office also sent lawyers from its civil rights bureau and investigators to look into the case, said spokesman Jeffrey Lerner…

I smell a rat. If there was a real perpetrator they would be screaming from the rooftops to show the tape. And we would be seeing it in an endless loop (ala the Rodney King “beating”).

But of course there isn’t a perpetrator on the tape. And of course the media will simply ignore that glaring fact.

And speaking of our watchdog media”

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 noose was a “blatant act of racism” that “reeks of cowardice and fear.”

Notice the tight crop shot used above and the weird angles employed in the other wire service photos from this historic event:

 

All of the photos are artfully crafted to disguise the simple fact that nobody showed up. So the AP can feel free to lie and says “hundreds” showed up, anyway.

And while we’re on the subject of photos, notice Ms. Constantine’s earrings:

Don’t they look like nooses?

Is she trying to provoke us?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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