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Racist Slurs At Fairfield Racial Equity Meeting Spurs Hate Crime Investigation

A New York City protester holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to indict any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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A New York City protester holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign on Sept. 23, 2020, following a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to indict any police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

A hate crime investigation is underway into whoever interrupted a virtual meeting of a racial equity task force in Fairfield, Connecticut, with racist slurs.

Fairfield Police chief Robert Kalamaras said the person shared their screen to show images of enslaved people and hurled racist remarks directed at Black members of the group.

The town formed the task force last year to identify any racial inequalities and injustices in local government and recommend ways to address them. The meetings are held over Zoom and open to the public.

Kalamaras said he plans to consult with federal and state law enforcement agencies during the investigation.