A Butchter Gave A Black Delivery Man A Noose Saying " If You Get Stressed At Work Put It Around Your Neck And I'll Help You!"
A famed West Village butcher is the subject of a hate crime investigation after he was accused of serving up a noose to a black deliveryman, police sources said Thursday.Joe Ottomanelli, of Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market on Bleecker St., gave Victor Sheppard a noose fashioned out of yellow rope and an odd message, sources said.
“If you ever have any stress, just put it around your neck and pull it. I could even help you with it,” Sheppard, 36, said Ottomanelli told him.Sheppard said he froze after Ottomanelli presented the noose as a “gift” on Tuesday morning. The deliveryman made a beeline to the 6th Precinct stationhouse, where he filed a report and handed over the noose, sources told The News.The Hate Crimes Task Force has launched an investigation into the incident.