- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A major shakeup in law enforcement is taking place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support this week for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned.

The council has faced a deluge of complaints from tribal members on a reservation that’s experienced a wave of drug-related crime. Eight police chiefs have come and gone since 2008. Not long ago, 100 officers patrolled the reservation’s 3 million acres. Now, it’s just 30 officers.

KOTA (https://bit.ly/2pCDPoH ) says the council has disbanded the Public Safety Boa5rd and hired Mark Mesteth as interim police chief. He held the job before Martinez.


Information from: KOTA-TV, https://www.kotatv.com



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