More than 50 people gathered Monday outside the Walter Miner Law Enforcement Center in Eagle Butte to protest against the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Police Department in regards to the September 16 death of Philip High Bear Sr.
High Bear had been arrested on September 15 and was found in his jail cell with shallow breathing and was transported to the Cheyenne River Health Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The FBI is currently investigating High Bear’s death and wouldn’t comment on the investigation.
Protesters held up “Justice for Phillip” signs and pictures of High Bear while shouting “We want Justice”.
A meeting was held with Law Enforcement personnel and High Bear’s mom and James Swan of Rapid City, who’s organization United Urban Warrior Society helped organize the rally.
High Bear’s mother Paula told the West River Eagle that “I want justice for my son, I don’t know who did it. I want the police officers who were involved in it to be suspended or fired until the investigation is complete.
High Bear said her son was beaten and that she just wants to know how her son died after being in police custody.
“I have pictures proving he was beaten,” said High Bear.
Law Enforcement officials with the Cheyenne River Police Depar tment couldn’t comment on the investigation while it is ongoing.