First Ever Black Hills Pride Event in Rapid City Marred by Violent Protester

Rapid City, SD — The inaugural Black Hills Pride event in Rapid City, a celebration of love and inclusivity, experienced an unfortunate disruption when a violent protester attempted to mar the festivities. Despite this, the event was largely successful and well-attended, showcasing the community’s support for LGBTQ+ rights.

The parade, which drew a large and enthusiastic crowd, proceeded smoothly until its closing moments when an individual wielding a bullhorn began shouting slurs. The protester, described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, appeared to be under the influence of drugs, making him difficult to control.

Volunteer security personnel made commendable efforts to contain the protester. However, his erratic behavior proved too challenging to manage. Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) officers were called to the scene and swiftly intervened. They subdued the man with a forceful takedown, ensuring the safety of attendees.

The suspect drew a knife on the crowd at Black Hills Pride.

The situation escalated when the protester knocked into a family with a baby stroller. In response, the father of the child, acting in defense of his family, punched the man. Eyewitnesses captured the incident on video, which is expected to surface online, providing further insight into the confrontation.

The protester, who did not appear to have any political affiliations as per his attire, carried a knife which he allegedly brandished at two women who tried to subdue him. This additional threat underscored the seriousness of the situation and the potential danger posed to attendees.

A resident who attended the event and witnessed the incident commented on the implications of such disruptions in a community-focused event. “South Dakota is a big enough and a sparsely populated enough state that everybody should be allowed to live in harmony,” they said. Reflecting on the protester’s futile disruption, they added, “If that’s the best they can send for the Civil War, the police will do their job.”

Despite the protester’s attempt to incite fear and chaos, the resilience and solidarity of the Pride attendees shone through. The swift and effective response by volunteer security and RCPD ensured that the event’s spirit remained intact.

The Black Hills Pride event, despite this hiccup, marked a significant milestone for the LGBTQ+ community in Rapid City, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and the community’s commitment to standing against hate and bigotry.

Fan submitted video of the bigot who allegedly pulled a knife and was arrested by Rapid City police shortly after.
First Ever Black Hills Pride Event in Rapid City Marred by Violent Protester

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