SUAB HMONG NEWS (02/13/2017) – Hmong 18 Clan Council of Minnesota with leaders from other communities gathered outside of Coon Rapids City Hall on February 10, 2017 to call for the Mayor of City of Coon Rapids and Coon Rapids Police Department to have a thorough investigation on the incident of Coon Rapids Police allowed their K9 (dog) bit an elderly woman, Choua Xiong, and dragged her all the way from her shed at her home to the police cars in the morning of February 5, 2017.
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“The police said it was dark outside when they let their K9 (dog) bit Choua Xiong in the morning of February 5, 2017 and she was yelling very loud and they knew she was a woman. When the police took custody of her, they knew she was an elderly woman and she does not speak English and they still dragged her all the way from her shed at her house to their cars. This is the part that concerns all of us. Each of us have our own mother and father who are old and we wanted to ensure that this won’t happen in the future” said Wa Houa Vue, President of Hmong 18 Client Council of Minnesota.
Two requests from the Hmong 18 Clan Council to the City of Coon Rapids; to voice concerns on the Coon Rapids Police handling the case of Choua Xiong and wanted adjustment at Coon Rapids Police Department’s protocol to ensure future safety for all resident who are elderly as Choua Xiong.
Susan Pha, City Council of Brooklyn Park, said we all must support each other and call for justice when we know and see something is unjustified.
Dai Thai, City Council of St. Paul, said this should not happened to anyone. “The people of Coon Rapids deserved a better department that will show all citizens with dignity and respect” said Dai Thao.
“We demanded that the mayor conduct an independent investigation on this case, we demanded policy changes for officers to have better training, cultural competency, because unleashing an attacked and 81-year-old woman should be not considered appropriate behavior following protocol” said Sandy Yang, Hmong American for Justice.
Organizations voiced their concerns included Hmong 18 Clan Council of Minnesota, Hmong American for Justice, Asian American Organize and Project, Black Lives Matter, African American Leadership Council, NAACP, and other ones.