Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's taken nearly one month since the alleged attack for charges to be filed and in that time a group of community members has been organizing.
The Hmong United for Social Justice is a group comprised of mostly students from across the state, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. The group will be rallying for justice on Friday to raise awareness about the beating that they said resulted from a racial dispute.
Mloog Lus Xiong, an organizer of “Rally For Justice”, said, "We are doing this because there have been biased citizens before, relating to hunting, specifically because of racial tensions, racism around the U.S. The reason we believe this is a racial incident is because of the rice lake case with Chai Vang and the white hunters where he also trespassed."
The rally is scheduled to start Friday at 12pm. Protesters plan to march from Tarrant Park in Durand and make their way to the Pepin County Sheriff's and district attorney's offices. They're expecting about 800 participants to join in the rally. The group said the district attorney's decision on Wednesday does not change their mission of rallying for justice and addressing public safety.