Police Chief, Mayor Praise City For Coming Together Since Mall Attack

Police Chief, Mayor Praise City For Coming Together Since Mall Attack Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

Sep 14, 2017 at 7:17 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - As the one year anniversary of the St. Cloud mall attack approaches, St. Cloud's mayor and police chief are praising people for coming together after the incident.

"I think St. Cloud is a shining example of what community really is," said St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson.

"I think that communities all over this great nation can take a page out of our book with respect to cohesion and inclusion and respect."

The chief says even when St. Cloud residents disagree, they do so respectfully.

"That's the beauty of this nation. You are free to have your opinions and thoughts about any issue, without fear of reprisal."

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says the Granite City was reminded what it means to be a community when Crossroads Center was attacked by a terrorist on September 17, 2016.

"As a community we came together, and that didn't happen overnight, it happened because of the type of community we have and that we've had for a long time."

In the days after the attack, the mayor and police chief both praised off-duty Avon police officer Jason Falconer for ending Dahir Adan's stabbing spree, saying the casualties (10 injured) would have been worse if not for the officer's quick action.

KNSI's Bob Hughes recently sat down with Jason Falconer to talk about that night.

Bob will play that interview on his show Friday morning.


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