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

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 6:08 PM EDT
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Arrest Made in Parks Department Noose Incident

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.

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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.

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