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Mixed Race Couple Subject to Harassment from Otsego Neighbor

A mixed-race couple that recently moved to Otsego has filed no less than seven reports with the Wright County Sheriff's Department, alleging that they've been threatened and harassed by a neighbor.

Residents of an Otsego townhome on Lachman Avenue say they've endured weeks of harassment, presumably from a neighbor who can't accept the fact that they're a mixed-race couple.

The two told their story to Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11 last night, saying the neighbor has verbally threatended them and that their dog was stabbed with a knife.

Demetrius Baker Jr. and his fiancee, Michelle Cardinal, told KARE's Jana Shortall that Baker Jr. was confronted by the neighbor, a white man, and called "a nigger."

They have since installed cameras and a home security system. That didn't stop a burglary, or damage to property recently that included slashed tires.

Wright County is investigating all the reports, and did not want to comment on the ongoing investigation. The couple told KARE 11 they will not move out of their home.  

Sarah Laughner June 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Reguardless of both sides srory. Jesus taught us to love our neighbors. Do unto othets as you would have rhem do to you. We should all follow his ways, It would be a better world. We are all the same inside.
Sarah Laughner June 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I ment to say we are all the same color on the inside.
Al Anderson June 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM
If this couple has had their dog stabbed/their property rights violated then clearly these are wrongs. If they've been called names and consistently harassed - those are not crimes - but horrible behavior by really ignorant, stupid people. Once you decide that government can choose what speech is bad (however terrible that speech/thought might be) - you have allowed the government to become the arbiter of any speech. That is why defining "hate crimes" is also wrong and unconstitutional.
hope June 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I completely agree; however the couple has NO evidence and is falsely accusing a neighbor. The whole story will come out sooner than later. Hopefully the couple will read your quote. Karma will take care of the guilty party and this sad situation will come to an end.
Hope August 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
So have you read the updated article??? What do you think now? It’s sad how some people jump to conclusions without knowing the facts. He staged the whole thing! How do you think the innocent neighbor must feel that was being falsely accused? The whole story was fishy from the beginning. Quite a few people with their tail between their legs?

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