Homophobic, racial slurs caught on camera in Downtown Sioux Falls

Homophobic, racial slurs caught on camera in Downtown Sioux Falls
Homophobic, racial slurs caught on camera in Downtown Sioux Falls(Dakota News Now)
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 6:46 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A video of an altercation in downtown Sioux Falls is gaining traction online.

Police say it happened Monday night between 10th and 11th on Philips right outside of the Carpenter Bar.

Police eventually responded to an incident of a man yelling homophobic and racial slurs.

A video of the altercation shows the man yelling & attracting the attention of customers outside of the bar.

Police say he was not arrested because what he was saying falls under his right for freedom of speech.

Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said, “It’s unfortunate that he’s choosing to say those words out in public but that’s his right. So, as long as he’s not crossing the line, as long as there’s no assaulting that’s happening or no threatening that’s happening.”

Eventually, he attracts a crowd of people who begin to argue with him.

“Apparently someone threw some water on him, but we don’t have any charges with that,” said Officer Clemens, “The things he was saying, they weren’t pleasant to hear. I think he knows his rights and I think he was doing that just to push buttons and get people stirred up and there were some people that got pretty heated from that.”

Davon Robinson was among the group of people in the video arguing with the man.

He said didn’t want to speak on camera.

Robinson said, “He was yelling and screaming. You could hear him, this whole block.”

At one point, you can hear the man call Robinson a racial slur. Robinson says he’s concerned the individual will act out again.

Robinson said,”Yes, this is a concern. Yes, I’m concerned, very. People walk the streets here with their kids. You got businesses. Ain’t nobody trying, that’s gonna lose business.

Police confirmed this isn’t the first incident they’ve responded to involving this man.

“This particular guy, I think we’ve had problems in the past where similar incidents where he’s been downtown and done things close to this before. So, this isn’t the first time.” said Officer Clemens.

Although this isn’t the man’s first incident like this, police say he hasn’t been arrested for any either. We were unable to confirm his identity for a comment.

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