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Lott concludes 'noose' probe

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April 1, 2008

Albany --  Three Albany Fire Department supervisors, investigated after a fireman complained about a noose at a fire station, are back at work.  City Manager Alfred Lott says he could not substantiate the allegations against them.

On March 15th Relief Driver Edward Taylor complained that a knotted rope hung from a coat hook on a wall at Station 4 on West Gordon Avenue resembled a noose.

Taylor complained that three supervisors joked about the rope, untied it, and told him not to talk about it.

Battalion Chief James Sanders, Lieutenant Thomas Bridges, and Clinton Nobles were suspended with pay.  

"We have not been able to substantiate the allegations. I am not saying that they did not happen or did not exist, but the investigation can not produce any evidence that supports the allegations," Lott said.

Lott did find a lack of sensitivity to diversity in the Fire Department. He will require the entire department to undergo Diversity and Human Resources training to help restore teamwork and comradery.

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