News Release Contact: Karl Jegeris
For Immediate Release Phone: (605) 394.4133
Dec. 16, 2014
Rapid City Police Chief Denies Special Event Permit for “Anti-Police Brutality March/Rally/Walk.”
Rapid City, S.D. – The Rapid City Police Department received a request for a special event permit on Dec. 12th, 2014 from Cody Hall for a “Police Brutality Awareness Walk.” It was requested that a rally originate on the east side of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. That rally would then march south on 5th Street, turn west on Main Street, turn north on Mt. Rushmore Road, then rally on the west side of the Civic Center. The event was proposed to take place on Friday December 19th, beginning at 3pm. Since that time, the event has been advertised as a March/Rally on social media and indicators show that well over 100 people plan to attend. This was proposed to occur during the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI), an event that is expected to draw approximately 2500 youth and their families to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The same event organizers were involved in the May 2012 March/Rally involving Rapid City Regional Hospital. That event drew hundreds of demonstrators. Although the event was promoted as peaceful, numerous public safety issues arose including; disruption of traffic, obstruction of police, threat to occupy the hospital, threat of arson to the hospital, and other issues that placed the demonstrators, law enforcement, and the general public at risk. This demonstrates the organizers’ lack of ability to provide adequate supervision to the event, and demonstrates the great risk that would be posed to the LNI.
“The LNI is a positive youth event, and the public safety of our youth and families is the number one priority. The City of Rapid City and the Rapid City Police Department have worked hard over the past 38 years to support and ensure the highest degree of Public Safety possible for the LNI,” said Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris.
It is for this reason that the March/Rally/Walk be kept separate from the LNI.
“The Rapid City Police Department is committed to protecting all Constitutional Rights of residents and visitors, including the Right to Assemble and Freedom of Speech,” said Chief Jegeris.
It is for that reason that Chief Jegeris has offered to meet with the event organizers to make arrangements to accommodate an alternative date and/or location.