A Black man providing delivery services claims he is too traumatized by the incident to return to work.
According to The Grio, Victor Sheppard, a Black deliveryman, who was handed a noose by a New York City butcher, the owner of the famed Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market, claims that he was not comfortable returning to work with Hunts Point meat distributor Mosner Family Brands because they continued to serve the butcher even after the noose incident.
“I could have lost my life or been badly injured or in jail, and it didn’t mean anything to them,” Sheppard said. “It’s not easy returning to an environment where you mean nothing.”
Joe Ottomanelli handed Sheppard a hand-fashioned noose and reportedly told the Black man, “Here is your gift. You can put it around your neck and pull if you want to end it all. If you are feeling stressed out I can help you with it.”
According to Sheppard’s attorney, Wylie Stecklow, “Victor could not return to that environment. His employer knew exactly what happened and was supportive but they never stopped doing business with Ottomanelli.” Stecklow added that Sheppard was “unable to sleep through the night and unsure when his life will return to normal.”
“Naturally we were horrified about what happened,” the Black man‘s boss said. “We did everything we could to hold his spot. He just didn’t do his part,” he added. Though in reality, the company has just fired Sheppard, believing he abandoned the job.
At the moment Sheppard is suing his employer and Ottomanelli has since been charged with a hate crime.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to believe that any of the suspects will be convicted as for most whites such horrible action looks like nothing more but an innocent joke.