- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A march that organizers say was meant to protest against police brutality brought together about 100 people in western South Dakota.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1wWPPME ) reports shouts of “Native lives matter” and “Hands up don’t shoot” echoed along two of Rapid City’s busiest streets. The march happened despite overcast skies and a sudden cold snap.

Police officers stood discretely in the background while American Indian Movement Grassroots organizers welcomed attendants, which included Native Americans and non-Natives.

Before the march began, participant Bill Means, of Porcupine, told the crowd that “discrimination is alive” in the community. As the march began to move, drivers honked their horns in support.

Police Chief Karl Jegeris originally denied the permit for the rally citing safety concerns, but granted after organizers changed the location.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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