FBI & Opelika Police investigate possible hate crime

FBI and Opelika Police investigate possible hate crime

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - The FBI has taken over a hate crime investigation at a business in Opelika, and we're told both the state and national NAACP are involved after the incident was reported to Opelika authorities.

A woman who works in the front office of Semyoungjin Hitech on Williamson Avenue tell us it was a big misunderstanding.

On Wednesday morning at about 11 a.m., police responded to the business in reference to a possible hate crime at the location.

Police will not release details about the incident.

However, the woman who works in the office told News Leader 9's Elizabeth White it had to do with some ropes hanging up in the warehouse. She says the ropes were used to hold doors open.

However, a viewer emailed us saying the ropes were nooses and African American employees were being targeted by racism.

An FBI spokesperson out of Mobile said he could neither confirm nor deny they were involved in a hate crime investigation.

We are still waiting to see if Opelika police will make a comment. We also have a call into the state's NAACP chapter, who reported the incident to authorities.

News Leader 9 will update this story with more details as they become available.

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