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Black Moss Point firefighter finds noose at fire house

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The NAACP is calling for an investigation after a black fire captain in Moss Point said he found a hangman's noose in the fire house.

Rodger Mann said it's not the first time such a thing has happened. Mann said he found the noose earlier this month in his sleeping quarters, and took his complaint to the city's Board of Aldermen.  But after what he calls a lack luster response from city leaders, he contacted the NAACP.

"When I saw the noose, I couldn't believe someone would be that stupid," Mann said.

Captain Mann one of only four African American firefighters in the whole Moss Point Fire Department. As the highest ranking black man in the department, Mann said racial tensions with some white coworkers have been heating up for years. 

"Another African American firefighter came to my house sometime last year, and he expressed he had found and hangman's noose or seen a hangman's noose in the captain's quarters," Mann said. "I feel like they are trying to intimidate me and just let me know I am not wanted." 

After the second noose showed up, Mann said he went to the city's Board of Alderman. But the 16 year, veteran firefighter said aldermen took no action on his complaint. They also denied him time off with pay even after expressing fear of returning to the job. 

"They were not really concerned what the noose meant for me or what it made me feel like." 

The city has called on the FBI to determine who placed the noose in the fire house. Mayor Aneice Liddell would not comment on the noose incident, saying it is under investigation.

Mann has now called on NAACP President Curly Clark to make sure his complaint doesn't get swept under the rug. 

"We are going to talk to the FBI to make sure their investigation is done in a timely manner," Clark said. "I plan to talk to the mayor because I feel like a dialog between the mayor and myself may resolve this issue." 

Clark said whether the noose was a foolish prank or racist hate, it should not be tolerated in the City of Moss Point. 

"It wasn't funny to Captain Mann, and it is not funny to me, and I don't think it would be funny to the average African American." 

Captain Mann said he's also filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

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