NATIVE DATA: Native Americans Biggest Share Of RCPD Use Of Force Cases
A study of the Rapid City Police Department and the city's Native American community reports that 62.6 percent of the cases in which police used force, that force was carried out against Native Americans. That is a bit higher than the proportion of arrests for which Native Americans account -- 59.1 percent. It also is more than double the proportion of Native Americans the study concludes comprise Rapid City's total population -- roughly 25 percent.
Use of force ranges from the lowest level, a wrist hold, to intermediate levels such as use of a baton, to deadly force involving shooting a gun.