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Man accused of harassing American Indian students cleared


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of using racial slurs and spilling beer on American Indian students during a hockey game was cleared of a disorderly conduct charge Tuesday, more than a month after a trial in the controversial case attracted more than 200 people.

Trace O'Connell was charged after authorities alleged he sprayed beer and used racially charged language near a large group of Native American students during a minor league hockey game in Rapid City. Native American groups said the January incident highlighted racial issues in the city and criticized the charge as too lenient.


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