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Police investigate possible racial bias incident

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Burlington police are investigating a possible racial bias incident in the Old North End.

Police received a call Thursday morning about a brick that was thrown through the front window of the Vermont Workers' Center, the same window that currently displays a Black Lives Matter poster.

The center serves as office space for the Migrant Justice movement and the United Electrical Workers. Members of those organizations say they believe this incident was racially motivated because of who the organizations represent, the close proximity of the hole in the glass to the Black Lives Matter sign and because another Black Lives Matter sign was defaced at the Peace and Justice Center Wednesday night.

A number of supporters of the groups gathered Thursday to speak out against the incident. They still don't know who did it, but they say it's upsetting.

"We heard from another Workers' Center member who was here last night, who overheard some people talking across the street about how this must be the headquarters for Black Lives Matter and they were kind of pointing. And then they left because there were people still inside. And this morning, they woke up and came to the office and this is what they saw," said Senowa Mize-Fox, Racial Justice organizer.

"We asked the people when the initial officer got there if there were any emails or voicemails or direct threats or any innuendos that would lead them to believe that this was an event sparked with bias. And they had nothing at that time,"  Burlington Deputy Police Chief Bruce Bovat said.

Police say the property manager reviewed video footage of both the building's street and parking lot during the likely time of the incident, but that it did not show any potential suspects. 

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