Rapid City police, city deny discrimination

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP) 7-09

Rapid City, its police department and current and former police chiefs are denying allegations of civil rights violations and racial discrimination.

It comes in a formal response to a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year by former Rapid City police detective Glen Yellow Robe.

The enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who was on the Rapid City police force for more than 20 years says he and others were subjected to racial comments, and that his complaints were ignored.

The defendants say in their response that Yellow Robe never informed anyone in authority of a racially hostile work environment, or of discrimination on the basis of race. They also deny making racist comments or having knowledge of racist comments made around Yellow Robe.

The defendants are asking that the complaint be dismissed.