Relations

Rapid City Police Shoot Man Following Domestic Violence Call

Sep 30, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

Rapid City police shot and killed a man they say was attacking a female victim in a domestic violence dispute.

Patrick Stephen Lundstrom, a 46 year old Native American man, was killed by police after they were called to a residence in the Star Village neighborhood.

Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says when officers arrived  they found a trail of blood to the residence. Jegeris says officers could hear a violent dispute occurring inside.  

Local Leaders Join Up To Improve Race Relations

Jul 21, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

A new effort in Rapid City that includes a broad range of community leaders is working to improve race relations.  

The city has seen racial tension increase in recent months following a police shooting of a Lakota man and an incident where a group of non-natives are accused of shouting racial slurs and throwing beer on Lakota children at a hockey game.

Disorderly Conduct Charge Angers Some Native Parents

Feb 18, 2015

A Philip man is being charged with disorderly conduct after an incident involving Native American children at a hockey game in January.

A complaint was filed against 41 year old Trace O’Connell of Phillip in seventh Circuit Magistrate Court.  The charges include a maximum penalty of 30-days in jail and a $500 fine.
 
Parents and students left the January 24, 2015, hockey game early after some students were allegedly doused with beer.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that some of the parents in the case are angry over the outcome of the investigation.

Standing Room Only At Rapid Race Relations Forum

Feb 10, 2015

A forum on race relations in Rapid City took place on Monday night in the wake of an alleged hate crime against Lakota middle school kids.  The meeting filled a local church.  

The Rapid City Mayor and Police Chief were on hand to hear community concerns.  

Native Community Organizes Following Tragedy

Jan 7, 2015

Several members of Rapid City's Native American community are coming together to form a new organization aimed at improving race relations.

The move follows a police shooting last month involving Allen Locke, a Native American man in Lakota homes.  The shooting occurred about 24-hours after Locke attended a rally against police brutality.

Family Calls For Peace At Prayer Vigil

Dec 24, 2014

If social media is any indication racial tension in Rapid City is on the rise following a police related shooting of a Native American man over the weekend.

Both members of law enforcement and the Native community point out a number of inflammatory posts on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The Family of Allan Locke, a Native man who was shot and killed in an incident with a Rapid City police officer on Saturday are calling for community calm and peace in the wake of the incident.