Racial tensions continue after Vang verdict

Residents and church leaders say the guilty verdict against a Hmong man who shot and killed six white deer hunters in northwestern Wisconsin has not eased racial tensions in the area.

At the Saint Paul Hmong Alliance Church, members told senior pastor Nha Long Yang that they still get glares from white neighbors.

Some say their Hmong children who have been told by white classmates that they can no longer play together.

The Hmong man, Chai Soua Vang, was convicted Friday by an all-white jury of six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

The killings occurred in November after the hunters confronted Vang and accused him of trespassing.

The jury rejected his claims he shot in self-defense after one hunter used racial slurs and another fired at him.

The 36-year-old truck driver is a Hmong immigrant who lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


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