Hate crime victim moves on; Arnold police continue to investigate
ARNOLD, MO (KTVI)– When we last spoke to 24-year-old DeAndre Martin, he was upset and frustrated, that’s because on July 11th someone left a racist drawing on his desk at work of a man hanging from a tree.
Days later, Martin left work to find someone had spray painted a noose and racial slurs on his car. It all took place at Convergys in Arnold.
“It`s a hard environment to work in. It’s pretty hostile to me. If you tell me that it`s safe the first time, I come back and a third incident happens, I can only imagine what the fourth incident would be. The cameras that we have they don’t have the best footage,” said Martin.
According to Arnold police, the case is still under active investigation. Detectives are following up on leads and plan to close the case by the end of the month. We also contacted Convergys corporate offices management released the following statement:
“The safety of our employees continues to be our number one concern. We’re conducting regular floor sweeps to ensure there are no inappropriate drawings or writings on our production floor. Our security and management teams have been more watchful. To date there have not been any other reports of this nature.”
Martin has not been back to Convergys in months and says he’s on unpaid leave. He has also contacted the EEOC for help. He plans to finish his degree in music and move on in his professional life.
“I don’t hate the company. I just believe they betrayed their workers by giving them a false sense of security,” he said.