FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A person interrupted a video conference meeting of a racial equity task force in Fairfield, Connecticut with racist slurs, including some directed at Black members of the group, police said Friday.

They’re trying to identify the person who joined the Thursday evening meeting of the city’s Racial Equity and Justice Task Force shared their screen to show images of enslaved people in addition to making racist remarks.

It is being investigated as a potential hate crime, Fairfield Police chief Robert Kalamaras said. He said he plans to consult with federal and state law enforcement agencies during the investigation.

“There is no place for this type of racist behavior and language in our community and we will do everything we can to identify the person who committed this disgusting act and hold them responsible,” Kalamaras said. “The members of this local task force are working to make our community a better and safer place for everyone, and it’s abhorrent to see their meeting disrupted in such a despicable way.”

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

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