Policing & Calls For Change In South Dakota

Sep 24, 2020

Days after George Floyd was killed by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, thousands of people marched in protest ... here in South Dakota. Rapid City protests included clashes between protestors and self-described supporters of President Trump. The Sioux Falls outcry included confrontations with police after nightfall and several arrests. 

So, what does the future of policing look like in South Dakota?

FRONTLINE "Policing the Police 2020"

Sep 15, 2020

In The Moment … September 15, 2020 Show 902 Hour 2

News: Jun 20 - 26

Jun 26, 2020

DACA cannot be dismantled, Dicamba cannot be used. Plus, Trump is headed to Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July fireworks show. 


All this and more in this week’s In the Moment news podcast. 

News: Jun 6 - 12

Jun 12, 2020

In this week's podcast, we talk about the legality of the issues raised around policing and protests, how it's playing out in South Dakota, why addressing it at the federal level may not be the best tact, and much much more.


In The Moment … June 11, 2020 Show 836 Hour 1

As we watch pain and injustice play out once again, it can be difficult to know what to say or write. You know it,  I know it and Kevin Woster knows it. He writes the blog On the Other Hand.

USD Law School Dean Talks Policing & Protests

Jun 9, 2020

In The Moment … June 9, 2020 Show 834 Hour 1

News Special: Policing & Protests In South Dakota

Jun 5, 2020

In this In the Moment news podcast special, we are joined by two of the speakers from the peaceful protest in Sioux Falls, Congressman Johnson, Mayor TenHaken, and Captain Harrison with the Pennington County Sherriff's Office. 

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Tony Harrison Talks Policing & Protests

Jun 5, 2020

In The Moment … June 5, 2020 Show 832 Hour 1

America's law enforcement officers have come under scrutiny since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Four officers lost their jobs and now face varying charges in relation to Floyd's death. Thousands of officers press on around the nation amidst cries for reform. Tony Harrison is a Captain with the Pennington County Sherriff's Office and National Trustee for the South Dakota Fraternal Order of Police and we welcome him to the program to visit about policing in South Dakota and Rapid City, in particular. 

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 3, 2020

In The Moment … June 3, 2020 Show 830 Hour 2

COVID-19, protests, civil unrest, and election results. Just another typical week in South Dakota! Well, not really, and that's why we've called in the Dakota Political Junkies. We welcome Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and Tom Dempster, former assistant majority leader of the South Dakota State Senate. Hello, Tom.

Police Accountability & Perception

Jun 2, 2020

In The Moment … June 2, 2020 Show 829 Hour 2

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Friday afternoon Dough Barthel walks out of the Sioux Falls Police station for the last time.  He has worked there as an officer and chief for nearly 30 years.  He walks out as the second longest serving chief of police – having been in that role for 12 years.  Chief Doug Barthel says he decided to become a police officer in high school.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel says he is looking forward to less stress, no more 3 am wakeup calls.  But he says he will miss being in the know.  And he says absolutely NOT will you find him sitting and listening to a scanner. 

SD Attorney General's Office

The National Association of Attorneys General has a new president. It’s Marty Jackley. South Dakota’s AG now leads the group of people from all 50 states, Washington, DC and United States territories. Members held the election at this week’s annual conference.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he already has the priority for his year-long leadership: policing in the 21st century.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The Sioux Falls Police Department is taking the initiative to meet with residents in four segments of the city. Officers want to know issues people see and ideas for how to solve the problems. The meetings are part of a long-term goal that improves communication between everyday people and authorities.

Sioux Falls police patrol the city based on quadrants. Officers and higher leadership are assigned to one section of town. Police Chief Doug Barthel says this local approach lets authorities meet citizens and build trust.