In Rapid City, hate crimes are only 'disorderly conduct'
In Rapid City, the good old boy system protects those who commit hate crimes
Photos by Jean Roach, Lakota
RAPID CITY, South Dakota -- Today in Rapid City, Trace O'Connell did not appear in court, but his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty. O'Connell was charged only with disorderly conduct after throwing beer on Lakota students, and verbally abusing them with racial slurs, at a hockey game. Today's protesters said O'Connell should be charged with a hate crime. The charge of disorderly conduct reflects the good old boy system of justice in Rapid City, a bordertown where racial violence has long been fueled and protected by the media, police and judges.
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Trace O’Connell of Phillip, South Dakota was charged with disorderly conduct. "Mr. O’Connell is the fine gentleman who, while drunk, taunted and racially assaulted several Native American children at a Pro-Hockey Game at the Rapid City Civic Center by spraying beer on them and shouting 'Go Back to the Rez' and possibly other racially motivated attacks against any number of the reported 57 American Horse students who were there as a reward for good behavior and academic achievement."
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