“Justice for Vern” Rally in May 2012 cited for reason to deny December 19th rally to bring awareness about police violence against American Indians in Rapid City
Rapid City Police Chielf Reverses Decision – Rally & March Back On
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA—After a meeting held on Thursday between march organizers Cody Hall and Chase Iron Eyes, police and city officials, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris has approved a special event permit that will allow “NativeLivesMatter” rally in Memorial Park in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Citing the large crowd in the city this weekend from the Lakota National Invitational, Jegeris denied a special event permit for a march and rally on Tuesday in a letter to event organizers.
The organizing group feels that the timing for the rally is ideal because of the crowd of American Indians in the city for the invitational. In light of the national attention being given around to police violence against victims in Ferguson and Staten Island, the organizers felt it is time to give some attention to what Native people suffer by law enforcement.
The rally opens up at 1:00 p.m. – MST with prayer at the Memorial Park band shell, then walk on the sidewalk though Legacy Commons and the Promenade. Then the walk will return to the band shell where there will be a rally with speakers talking about police violence against American Indians in South Dakota.
The event is expected to attract 200 people. Organizers have assured the city officials and police that they will convey to the protesters that the rally and walk is meant to be peaceful in nature.
The Rapid City Police Department told the press there will be police presence at the event.