Kansas City, MO (KCTV) - A white supervisor for the upscale Adam's Mark hotel allegedly hung a "slave doll" from a noose in an employee break area, according to a Kansas City attorney.
The doll, which is dressed to look like a slave, was hung with a plastic bag used as the noose, according to a picture obtained by attorney Stacy Shaw. She shared the picture taken by an employee on her Twitter account and included the hashtag #SandraBland, in reference to the black woman who died while in a Texas jail after a white officer arrested her.
When KCTV5 reached out to Shaw Monday night, she was circumspect in her comments. She plans a news conference Wednesday morning in front of the hotel to reveal more details of her allegations and announce plans for a rally "to protest the blatant racism" that occurred.
"I was deeply disappointed and outraged that in 2015 in a city that I love that there could be such blatant intolerance and racism that was present in the workplace," Shaw told KCTV5.
Adam's Mark recently reclaimed operations of the hotel just across Interstate 70 from the Truman Sports Complex. The hotel, which includes an indoor water park, is in the 9100 block of East 39th Street, just a stone's throw from Independence. The hotel has seen an occupancy boost due to the success of the Kansas City Royals, but has also been the scene of a shooting this spring.
KCTV5 reached out to Adam's Mark representatives but they didn't respond Monday night to requests for comment.
The Adam's Mark employee took the photo on July 21 and sought legal advice several days later, Shaw said..
The photo has gone viral on social media after it was initially shared on July 22. Shaw declined on Monday to say whether the young man employed at Adam's Mark had alerted his superiors and how management responded. It wasn't clear Monday whether the young man lost his job as a result of the incident.
"This photo was given to us by our client who was extremely upset by the incident and I applaud him for his bravery in coming forward to address this injustice," Shaw said. "We're asking the community to be supportive in standing up to intolerance and racism in our city and our country."
By DeAnn Smith