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Black Employee Subjected to Past Racial Incidents Now Observes “Halloween Prank” of Makeshift Dummy ‘Hanging’ From A Beam

Islip officials are investigating a Halloween prank in which a town employee hung a masked dummy from a roof beam at a Central Islip parks maintenance shop.

The effigy upset at least one African-American town employee, who reported it to police but declined to press charges.

A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said the matter was under review Wednesday, but investigators “at this time don’t believe criminality is involved.”

“There was . . . a makeshift dummy swinging from a noose-like apparatus, hanging from a beam — simulating a lynching is what it looked like to me,” said town employee Cleveland Gamble, who is black and reported the incident.

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