Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 19, 2010

Native Sun: Police Shooting of Oglala Lakota Ruled 'Justified'

This story was written by Randall Howell and is copyright Native Sun News.

PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA — The recent fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Oglala Lakota man near his home just north of Rapid City has been ruled justified by the South Dakota State Attorney General’s office.

Christopher J. Capps of Sunnyside Mobile Homer Community, just off Sturgis Road, Rapid City, was shot to death in a hail of bullets on the evening of May 2 by Pennington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Olson.

Deputy Olson “was justified in firing his weapon,” said the attorney general’s office in an official statement released on May 18. The statement said that the conclusion of the attorney general’s office in the Capps incident was based on an investigation by the state Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Rapid City Police Department. Contact Randall Howell at

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1 comment: said...

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in the long run, responsible for these killings. It is the responsibility of the criminal division of the Justice Department to investigate these killings under Title 18, Ch. 13, sub. sec. 241 and 242. I would file a Writ of Mandamus as an American Citizen and pray the Court order the Justice Department to act. GOD bless our Native Americans and keep them. Gabriel M. Robles. Lawrence, KS.