ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered in downtown St. Cloud Wednesday night to demonstrate against an apparent hate crime.
Three men, Matthew Thomas, Chad Hands, and Ryan Frane were arrested for beating a 22-year-old St. Louis Park man early Monday in an alley near a bar. Police say the man was attacked because his assailants believed he was gay.
Organizer Janet Cleland-Dullinger says the rally came together quickly through the use of Facebook, Twitter and email. Cleland-Dullinger says demonstrators wanted to show hate crimes won’t be tolerated in St. Cloud. She tells WJON that everyone has a right to feel safe in their own community and those they visit.
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