Updated: Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013, 9:51 AM EDT
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County police are investigating the torching of a black minister's house and car.
Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon tells The Progress-Index (http://bit.ly/WV3ANl ) that police are investigating to determine whether a hate crime was committed.
O. DeShea Cuthrell says the family's toy poodle awakened them at 4:30 a.m. His 21-year-old son saw that the porch was on fire. The N-word had been painted on the front and side of the home.
He says the incident has sparked a fire within him to combat injustice and racism.
Cuthrell says the family no longer has a sense of security and plans to relocate.
He's a minister at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg.
Information from: The Progress-Index, http://www.progress-index.com
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