A Black Hero

On 7 September 2013 at Sun Ray Transit Center at 364 Pedersen Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, several men, believed to be black, approached a 26-year-old white man who was standing at the bus stop. One person asked the white man, “Why are you watching me?” The white man replied that he was not watching him, and other people in the group asked the white man if he was a police officer and if he was armed. Somebody then said, “Let’s get this white fool.” A black man in a car happened to be driving by. He saw the altercation, and he honked his horn and flashed his car lights. He then asked the white man if he was OK. The white man said that he was not OK, and the black man offered him a ride, and they called the police. Police spokesman Sergeant Paul Paulos said, “The man who stops by, I would have to think, saves the guy’s life.” Police arrested three males aged 15, 18, and 20. Previously, on 4 August 2013, a white man named Ray Widstrand, age 26, was beaten at Payne and Minnehaha avenues and nearly died from brain swelling. 

For Further Information: Nicole Norfleet, “Good Samaritan saves man at bus stop on St. Paul’s East Side.” Star Tribune (St. Paul, Minnesota). 9 September 2013


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