Demonstrators peacefully protest in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As violent demonstrations continue around the nation, including over in Sioux Falls, a demonstration in Rapid City Monday evening was peaceful.
People gathered at Main Street Square and walked downtown. They first went to the public safety building, and then proceeded to Memorial Park, waving signs at passing cars from the bridge over Rapid Creek. Everyone obeying the traffic signals.
Amid growing unrest and the potential of violence in cities across the country, Rapid City community leaders gathered earlier Monday afternoon in Main Street Square to echo calls for peace.
“Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good,” said Bishop Troy Carr, of Faith Temple Church.
While rumors have circulated on social media of busloads of rioters making their way across the state, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says the rumors are unsubstantiated. The police department encourages people to exercise their rights without spreading hate.
“At this point in time, I would encourage everybody to just offer verbal support and encourage peace in our community,” said Jegeris.
Community members were standing together with the singular message for peace and unity.
Over the weekend, both Jegeris and Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender spoke in support of the protests, asking the public to be patient, calm, and considerate as one community.