A white UPS driver may have committed a hate crime when he gave a black man a makeshift noose. According to WSB-TV, the black man, David Mitchell, receives packages as a part of his job in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Earlier in the month, the white UPS driver refused to give Mitchell packages for the business because he didn’t believe that he worked there. Mitchell said that he had to prove that he was an employee at the company by using a key card to open the door at the business.
Over the next few weeks, the white UPS driver approached Mitchell with more anger. During their last encounter, the UPS driver approached him with boxes and shoved them into Mitchell’s chest. The UPS driver then handed Mitchell a makeshift noose.
Mitchell told his co-workers and they called the police. UPS has yet to reveal if the white driver has faced disciplinary actions, but they said they are investigating the claim.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will investigate it as a hate crime.
Forsyth County has a history of racist attitudes. The town was all-white until the 1990s. In 1987, the county made national headlines after Civil Rights leaders marched in the county as angry white residents threw rocks, bottles and yelled racial slurs at marchers.