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Commandment of the Coast Guard speaks out against racist acts
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The Commandant of the Coast Guard has spoken out against racism in the service, after two incidents involving nooses at the Coast Guard Academy. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

In separate incidents over the summer a black cadet and a diversity training officer at the Coast Guard Academy in New London discovered nooses left in their personal effects. The academy launched an investigation, but to date no culprit has been identified. Thursday, Admiral Thad Allen, the Commandant of the Coast Guard addressed the entire cadet corp,

Allen was joined by congressman Elijah Cummings, who chairs the house subcommittee with oversight of the Coast Guard. He’s been active in calling for a stronger response from the service to the incidents.

Academy officials say race relations training has been stepped up, and a criminal investigation is underway.