- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A police department in South Dakota has approved a previously denied permit for a march that organizers say is meant to protest against police brutality.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris approved the permit for the Friday rally. He’d denied it earlier this week citing public safety concerns.

The approval for the march came after organizers agreed to move it to a different location. The rally was originally going to start outside a civic center during the annual Lakota Nation Invitational, an event that’s part basketball tournament and part family reunion for tribal members.

Eagle Butte resident Cody Hall is among the organizers. He’s said the march is intended to draw attention to the need for improved race relations in Rapid City.

Jegeris says he’s “thankful” an agreement was reached.

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