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Activist Chaz Neal held on warrant out of Fillmore County

The community activist from Red Wing has been outspoken about what he calls police misconduct and racial profiling in Minnesota communities.

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Chaz Neal

PRESTON — After being arrested on unrelated charges in Hennepin County, Red Wing resident Chaz Lawrence Neal was remanded to Fillmore County on a probation violation warrant on April 12.

The probation violation warrant, signed April 8 by Third Judicial District Judge Matthew Opat, stemmed from a 2019 conviction of felony predatory offender violation. Neal is required to register his primary address as a condition of his release.

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Neal administers a Facebook page titled "Chaz Neal for Human Rights Commission," where he labels himself a community activist. He has on several occasions made comments at Pine Island City Council meetings asking the city to establish a human rights commission, and has accused the city of racism, and of belittling any accusations of racism against the city.

He has also been an outspoken advocate for police reform in Red Wing, speaking out in favor of the firing of Police Chief Roger Pohlman during a Feb. 22 Red Wing City Council meeting, calling Pohlman a "hate-monger." During a March 22 city council meeting, Neal complained that some speakers saw the city as "pretty little Red Wing for white people," who ignored incidents of racial profiling.

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Neal was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on April 1 on a trespassing charge, but was released to the Hennepin County Medical Center. After being booked back into the jail in Minneapolis on April 9, he was held over the weekend until he was transferred to Fillmore County on April 12. He was released last week.

Editors note: This story was updated from a previous version to clarify information.

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Chaz Neal talks to media in June 2020 about a protest march he helped organize in Red Wing. (Photo courtesy of River Town Media)

Brian Todd is the news editor at the Post Bulletin. When not at work, he spends time with his family, roots for the Houston Astros and watches his miniature dachshund sleep, which is why that dog is more bratwurst than hotdog. Readers can reach Brian at 507-285-7715 or btodd@postbulletin.com.
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