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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis has stirred up more controversy a Facebook post that sharply criticized protesters outside the Ravens game M&T Bank Stadium.

He denounced them as Fist Wielding, Black Power Activists who ignored the rising crime rate in Baltimore.

WBOC reports that the post has subsequently been deleted.

Lewis said it was shameful that they were not taking responsibility for the violence.

Wicomico County NAACP President Mary Ashanti told the television station that Lewis’s post was not representative to law enforcement.

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The Lower Sussex County branch of the NAACP has called for end to state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society until a Confederate monument is removed from its museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization has asked State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and state Representative Briggs King to immediately halt the $11,500 grant to the society.

The paper reports that descendants of Delaware Confederate veterans were allowed to erect the monument on the museum grounds.

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A petition to remove the plaque in downtown Salisbury that commemorates confederate general John Henry Winder has been presented to the Wicomico County Council.

Stefanie Sesse with Showing Up for Racial Justice told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an example of white supremacy.

The petition had more than 300 names and was given to the council on Tuesday.

The group notes that Winder oversaw confederate prisons that committed human rights violations.

In addition, the general is not actually from Salisbury but was born around Nanticoke.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous is scheduled to announce his run for governor of Maryland.

Jealous has scheduled a news conference Wednesday at Baltimore Blossoms, a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 44-year-old Jealous was the youngest person ever elected to lead the nation's largest civil rights group. He was president of the Baltimore-based NAACP from 2008 to 2013.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Organizers of the Baltimore Book Festival say they have decided to disinvite Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led others to believe she was black.

The decision by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts came days after defending its choice to have her there. The office said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that after hearing opinions from its constituents, it had to consider how Dolezal's appearance would affect the audience and the other authors.

The festival is scheduled for September. It has been held for 21 years.

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Christiana Care says it is reaching out to the community after the NAACP demanded a meeting with hospital officials over alleged abuse by security at the facility.

Richard Smith, president of the Bear Chapter, said there has been a history of abuse charging security at the facility is “out of control”.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of citizens have told the paper about unpleasant encounters with aggressive constables.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A civil rights group and officials at Old Dominion University are condemning a racist video that was circulating online until YouTube removed it.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the video shows a white woman in an ODU sweatshirt using expletives and racial slurs in a rap rant against black people. The video is titled "White Gal - White Power."

YouTube posted on its website that the video had been removed Tuesday morning for violating the site's policy on hate speech.

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Governor John Carney is ordering an independent review of the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which one officer was killed.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was determined to find out how this happened.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review will follow the criminal investigation by Delaware state police into the death of Lt. Steven Floyd.

In addition, an internal investigation is also being conducted by the Department of Correction.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of workers are heading to Virginia's capital city to push for higher wages.

The first-ever "Fight for $15 Convention" is being held in Richmond on Friday and Saturday.

Workers are gathering to press for a $15 minimum wage nationwide. Organizers say the event is expected to draw thousands of low-wage workers from the fast food, retail and farming industries, among others.

The event kicks off Friday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with remarks from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says biased law enforcement tactics won't be tolerated, adding that the department has already fired some officers who committed some of the most egregious violations found during a Justice Department investigation.

Kevin Davis said during a news conference Wednesday that biased police tactics won't be tolerated, and that such behavior is "fostering fear in our communities."

Davis says the department is committed to making meaningful changes, but says change will take time, commitment and trust.

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