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Yearlong study: Natives feel profiled by Rapid City police based on race


Many Native Americans in Rapid City believe they are regularly profiled by local law enforcement officers, who they say assume Native people are involved in criminal activity solely based on their race.

Meanwhile, both the Native residents and members of the mostly white police force say they feel subjected to racial discrimination by the other group, according to a yearlong study of police-Native relations in Rapid City.

Also among the findings of the report by an independent expert was the fact that Native Americans, estimated to make up about 23 percent of the city population, make up 59 percent of those arrested.


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