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(SD)-Middle School Girl's Mother Upset Over Police Response To School Fight

By: John Axtell Posted at: 10/28/2019 08:55 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The mother of a girl involved in a fight outside a Rapid City middle school last week is upset a police officer struck her daughter in the face while trying to break up the skirmish.
 
     Alicia Cook says it's the first time her 7th-grade daughter has gotten into a fight or had any problems with police, and she questions the use of force against her daughter based on cellphone video of the fight.
 
     Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says the open-palm strike was appropriate given the circumstances and necessary to prevent the assault from continuing.
 
     Chief Jegeris says supervisors reviewed the incident by looking at the social media videos, body camera footage, and other evidence before determining that the use of force was within the department's policy.

 


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