Decatur, Ill. residents advocate for gay man attacked in hate crime

Tue. February 22, 2022 1:47 PM by Gerald Farinas

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Ethan Dickerson is facing hate crime charges

An LGBTQ demonstration featuring dozens of picketers took place in Decatur, Ill., a three-hour drive southwest of Chicago.

They protested a hate crime perpetrated by Ethan Dickerson who attacked his gay neighbor while yelling ant-LGBTQ epithets.

Dickerson is facing hate crime charges.

August Francis, event organizer, told WCIA-TV that such a hate crime is rare in their city but admits it was once more prevalent.

Decatur is a city of 70,522 residents, according to the 2020 Census. In a guage of social leanings, a majority of its voters chose President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index places Decatur as "moderately conservative."