Man suffers head injury; nine witnesses, suspects in custody

2012-10-08T05:00:00Z 2012-10-08T14:24:42Z Man suffers head injury; nine witnesses, suspects in custodyHolly Meyer Journal staff Rapid City Journal
October 08, 2012 5:00 am  • 

Updated Monday, 12:35 p.m: Rapid City police now say the man injured Sunday was apparently involved in a fight between two people and no firearms were involved.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident. Several witnesses to the fight were taken to detox,

Original story:

Nine witnesses and suspects are in police custody after a man suffered a head laceration Sunday afternoon.

Detectives are sorting out the details of the incident, but at 3:38 p.m. officers were called to a common homeless camping spot off of East St. Patrick Street for a victim with a head wound, according to Rapid City Police Sgt. Darren Soucy.

Initially, the laceration was thought to be a gunshot wound, but further medical examination and police investigation eliminated a gun as a possible weapon, Soucy said.

After Rapid City police officers and Pennington County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene, a search for witnesses and suspects began in the grassy hills behind the Thrifty Smoke Shop in the 700 block of East St. Patrick Street, Soucy said. Several people taken into police custody are known to be homeless, according to Soucy.

In addition to the victim's non-life-threatening injuries, another person in custody was also treated for minor injuries, he said.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, no arrests had been made in the incident, which is being jointly investigated by the police department and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Soucy said.

The Rapid City Fire Department and Pennington County Search & Rescue assisted law enforcement with the incident.

Contact Holly Meyer at 394-8421 or holly.meyer@rapidcityjournal.com. 

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  1. B-Rock
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    B-Rock - October 12, 2012 9:46 am
    Please explain what this 'sentence' actually means:

    "then we need to reexamine the nature of these police procedures as they affect "citizens" of our city, despite their economically deprived or ethnically based, situations, in the eyes of law enforcement, and specifically, this particular police unit that seeks to eradicate the homeless issue, by arresting and jailing citizens of our community in an agressive and different means, as they would in dealing with more obviously privileged neighborhoods and citizens."

    Oh, I found the sentence, it's hidden in that mashed mess of prepositional phrases. "then we need to reexamine the nature of these police procedures" The nature of this police procedure is to detain drunk or unruly people for a period to sober up or chill out. Are you saying we should let drunk angry people (who are drunk and angry enough to get the police's attention) stay out in public where they're likely to make more bad decisions? Would you want this drunk angry person hanging out at the park while your children play? Or would you want them to be detained until they are sober and can act appropriately? I doubt these detainees were very fond of being locked up, but given their alleged homeless statuses, maybe the RCPD did them a favor? Time to sober up, clean water, warm meals, warm cot, bathroom facilities... I'd choose that if my other option was drinking until i pass out under a tarp with just the clothes on my back, hoping my shoes are still on my feet when I wake up.
  2. Observer
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    Observer - October 11, 2012 9:36 am
    "obviously privileged neighborhoods and citizens"


    What is your point??????
  3. blackhills44
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    blackhills44 - October 11, 2012 6:16 am
    who is paying for this fiasco? Who is paying for the homeless victims treatment? These people are homeless, but can afford to be intoxicated. You see, there have always been, and always will be "leaches of society", and its nobody's fault but their own.
  4. tscull
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    tscull - October 09, 2012 1:06 pm
    As I understand it the officers took people into custody because they were intoxicated and were remanded into detox for their own safety. The police do have the authority to take hostile witnesses into custody- especially if they are intoxicated and uncooperative.
  5. Mr Ed
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    Mr Ed - October 08, 2012 10:50 pm
    Why did they "take" witnesses, into "custody"? Normally, to my understanding, witnesses to a potential crime are not "taken into custody", but are asked to give interviews as to the facts. Is this based upon the witnesses' alleged homeless status, or their alternative status? The news report appears to conclude that alcohol is a factor in the events, and particularly labels that the area is a known "homeless" area, as if to give some code word as to the notion that these are less than worthy humans, so we need not treat them with the ordinary respect and protocal as would be afforded perpetrators, victims and bystander witnesses that live up on Carriage Hills Drive. If mere "witnesses" are being detained or actually jailed. then we need to reexamine the nature of these police procedures as they affect "citizens" of our city, despite their economically deprived or ethnically based, situations, in the eyes of law enforcement, and specifically, this particular police unit that seeks to eradicate the homeless issue, by arresting and jailing citizens of our community in an agressive and different means, as they would in dealing with more obviously privileged neighborhoods and citizens. This is something that those in our community need to consider from the standpoint of human compassion and equality on a basic human level.
  6. Pea
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    Pea - October 08, 2012 11:31 am
    So, will the police chief hold a town hall meeting (or two) here as well to explain that Rapid City doesn't have a homeless issue ... like Rapid City doesn't have a gang issue and get another raise? Wake up RC, if you don't believe me ... talk to Omaha, NE.!!!
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