Coast Guard Academy Investigates Racial Intimidation Claim

President Donald Trump, John Kelly, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft render honors during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)
The Associated Press

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy says it is investigating a report that a white male cadet may have tried to intimidate an African-American cadet based on his race.

The academy in New London said it received a report of an incident Friday but, it did not provide additional details.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service is conducting a criminal inquiry. The academy says it will also conduct an investigation under the Coast Guard's anti-discrimination policies.

Rear Adm. James Rendon, the superintendent, says intimidation and harassment have no place at the academy.

About 1,000 cadets are enrolled at the academy. Cadets graduate with a commitment to serve five years in the Coast Guard.

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