Native American Attends #NativeLivesMatter Rally, Next Day Killed by Police

A Native American man who participated in an anti-police brutality rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Friday was shot and killed by police on Saturday, according to reports.

Rapid City Police identified the victim as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City.

A spokesperson for the Rapid City Police Department said that Officer Anthony Meirose was dispatched at about 6 p.m. Saturday to a subdivision known as Lakota Community Homes to remove an unwanted person from a residence, but they did not say whether that unwanted person was Locke or if Locke just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

County Sheriff Kevin Thom told the Rapid City Journal that Officer Meirose fired his weapon after Locke allegedly charged him with a knife.  Police are saying Locke was shot up to five times by Officer Meirose and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency Medical Services were immediately called to the scene but it was too late. 30-year-old Allen Locke was pronounced dead at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

A neighbor said, “Oh my God it was just unbelievable it was just pop, pop, pop, pop then a little pause then pop again.”

The neighbor said, “Any situation like that is just terrible incomprehensible with all the things going on with all these protests why’d it have to happen and it’s just before Christmas so that family’s got to really be hurtin’.”

The day before the shooting, Locke’s family said he had attended the #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally and March in Rapid City.

Officer Anthony Meirose has been placed on paid suspension pending an investigation.

According to The Free Thought Project, the racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native American, followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites, and Asian Americans.

Native Americans, 0.8 percent of the population, comprise 1.9 percent of police killings.

Locke’s family has released a statement calling on the community for peace.


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