Hate Crimes Discussion Next Week
Jennifer Lewerenz | Oct 15, 2019 AT 6:43 am
(KNSI) - A discussion on hate crimes will take place in St. Cloud next week.
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office is holding the forum on hate crimes next Tuesday, October 22nd, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Atwood Center Ballroom at St. Cloud State University.
The event will start with Attorney General Keith Ellison, St. Cloud State Representative Dan Wolgamott, and former White Nationalist Christian Picciolini speaking.
After that, residents will be given time to talk about their experiences with hate crimes in the St. Cloud area.
Keaon Dousti, with the Attorney Generals Office, says they want to hear from community members about their issues with hate crimes and to come up with community solutions.
The event is free and open to the public.
The discussion is different and separate from last month's Dismantling Hate Crimes forum at the St. Cloud Public Library. That event was postponed because organizers say there were safety concerns.
The exact nature of those concerns has not been revealed.
Multiple emails and phone calls sent by KNSI to the Department of Human Rights, who sent out the postponement notice, the ACLU and the Council on American Islamic Relations, have yet to be returned over the last few weeks.
The St. Cloud Police Department says they weren't investigating any threats of any kind made to the panel or venue.
A group that wanted to protest the appearance of the panel got a permit to do so from St. Cloud. It's unclear if that protest sparked the St. Cloud Area Human Rights Commission to postponed the event.
The panel was to include the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Council on American Islamic Relations, OutFront Minnesota, the FBI, the American Civil Liberties Union, and St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson.