Man attends police brutality rally, gets killed by cop next day
Below: "Allen Locke, 30, was killed by Rapid City police officer Saturday evening who fired up to five shots."
Here's more on Locke's shooting and the resulting rally:
Native community mourns police shooting victim; South Dakota to investigate
By John Lee McLaughlin
Comprised of about 30 people, the group finally stopped in front of the home at 541 Paha Sapa Road, where Locke, 30, was fatally shot Saturday night by Rapid City Police after he charged an officer while holding a knife, according to police reports.
"There is no trust in the police department," Stoneman said, who also called for a task force to address the issue. "In the long run, it's going to have to come from the city: the mayor, the chief of police."
By Kevin Woster
"This all adds to the sentiment that the police aren't here for the Native community, as far as the protection and service goes," she says. "The enforcement and policing of the Native community is what's very evident."
Locke was shot after Meirose had responded to a call from a home in Lakota Community Homes for his removal from that home. The callers requesting his removal were Native Americans, and some in the home were in his family. Family and friends have questioned some of the details in the account offered by the police.
Locke had a history of criminal encounters with law enforcement, including DUI, marijuana possession and simple assault. But whatever his court history, his death is being mourned by those who knew him personally and others in the Native community who did not.
After Saturday's shootings, tensions escalate downtown
By Adam King
"I think to draw a broader conclusion that this negatively impacts race relations in rapid city is wrong," Kooiker said.
Although he does acknowledge that there are some issues that need to be addressed.
"Overall race relations are a continual dialogue and a continual conversation," Kooiker said.
From Eagle's prospective, the mayor and city council are blatantly ignoring the issue.
"At the city level no acknowledgement of the problem even exists. There can be no change unless somebody addresses it. The people in power need to address it," Eagle said.
Native leaders want more voice in race relations after police shooting of man with a knife
Allen Locke, 30, was shot several times by officer Anthony Meirose on Saturday after the officer responded to a call of an unwanted person in the Lakota Community Homes addition. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Rapid City mayor Sam Kooiker met Monday with some Native American leaders Monday to discuss race relations and show his support for Meirose and the Rapid City Police Department. Some members of the Native American community are unhappy with Kooiker's message and say more people should have been included in the discussion.
Open Season on Native Men
By Ann-erika White Bird
In several statements coming from the white community and the Native community, officials like to use the word “dialogue.” What’s difficult to imagine is how that dialogue is going to stop the open season on Native men, especially if officials are in denial that our people are targeted.