A not guilty verdict in the Trace O'Connell trial resulted in protesters at CSAC. O'Connell had been on trial for disorderly conduct, accused of spilling beer on Native American students and making racist statements at a Rush game. Judge Eric Strawn, in his ruling, concluded that evidence did not meet the burden of proof to establish that O'Connell had made any statements or intentionally acted in a disruptive manner. The Rapid City Journal has a full report on the trial.
Following the verdict, protesters gathered at CSAC, feeling that justice had not been done. Mayor Steve Allender met with the protesters, according to KOTA. He spoke for two hours before promising a meeting the following week on race and racism.
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