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Transient arrested hundreds of times loses federal lawsuit

August 3, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Sioux Falls transient who was arrested by police nearly 200 times in two years.

Robert Running Shield Sr. sued the city after he was repeatedly arrested, mainly for trespassing and unlawful occupancy. He contended the arrests were racially motivated and violated his rights. He represented himself in the case.

The Argus Leader reports the city argued Running Shield often was arrested for sleeping in laundry rooms or abandoned apartments. It also argued that the arrests were not racially motivated.

Judge Larry Piersol dismissed the suit, citing a lack of evidence.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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