Parks Dept. Employee Arrested for Black Doll Hate Crime: Cops

A city worker allegedly left black doll hanging by a noose in parks department headquarters in the Bronx

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    NYC Parks Advocate
    An arrest has been made in the hanging of a black doll at the Bronx headquarters of the Parks Department, police said.

    A city parks worker was arrested Thursday and charged with a hate crime for allegedly hanging a black doll by a noose in the Bronx headquarters of the Parks Department.    

    Fariz Ahmemulic, 28, faces charges of aggravated harassment as a hate crime for the Dec. 20 incident, in which a black baby doll was found hanging by its neck from a metal chain, police said.

    The letters "KKK" were also found scratched in three places in a bathroom, police said. Ahmemulic was suspended without pay, the Parks Department said.

    The incident happened at Ranaqua, the Parks Department's Bronx headquarters located at 1 Bronx River Parkway.

    Parks department spokeswoman Vickie Carp said in a statement: "We are gratified that an arrest has been made in this case,  but regret that  the suspect is a fellow employee." 

    It was not clear if Ahmemulic had an attorney, and no telephone listing could be found for him.