McFarland police arrest three on hate crime charges after yelling anti-LGTBQ slurs at child

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McFARLAND, Wis. — Police arrested three people who they said rang the doorbell of a home and used vulgar language and slurs when a young child opened the door earlier this week.

In a Facebook post, McFarland Police Chief Aaron Chapin said the incident happened Thursday. Police said the trio rang the doorbell, used vulgar language and slurs about sexual orientation when the child answered. The men then left.

Police identified the people involved and arrested them for disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer.

Two 24-year-old men from Arena and a 23-year-old from Madison were arrested. News 3 Now is not naming them at this time due to a policy of not naming people suspected of crimes until they are formally charged in court.

The home had a Pride flag hanging outside the door, according to video of the incident seen on social media.

Police say they believe the incident was random and the men did not know the resident of the home or the child.