Sheriff, organizer defend actions at Mount Rushmore protest
July 13, 2020
The Pennington County Sheriff and an organizer for the protest near Mount Rushmore on July 3 are defending their actions while accusing the other of escalating the event.
"This entire thing was entirely mismanaged by Sheriff (Kevin) Thom and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office," said Nick Tilsen, president of NDN Collective. "The only people who were violent that day was the police force."
It's the protesters, not the riot police, who broke their plan and escalated the situation, Thom said Wednesday.