More than two hundred Sioux Indians armed with petrol bombs charged the Custer County Courthouse in South Dakota on Wednesday (7 Feb.) in a violent re-enactment of Colonel Custer's Last Stand.
GV EXT Custer Court house, Indians gathered (2 shots)
SV INT Leader of Indian movement complains
MV INT Scuffle breaks out
GV State Police cordon off other Indians outside
MV Scuffle breaks out
GV Scuffles and petrol bombs blow up (4 shots)
MV Arrested Indians lying on ground
SV Wounded state police (2 shots)
Initials BB/2305 TS/DW/BB/2315
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Background: More than two hundred Sioux Indians armed with petrol bombs charged the Custer County Courthouse in South Dakota on Wednesday (7 Feb.) in a violent re-enactment of Colonel Custer's Last Stand.
But the Indians weren't wearing feathers or wielding tomahawks. They came in cars and they were armed with gas-grenades.
They came to Custer to protest against the stabbing and killing of an Indian named Charles Bad Heart Bull, and also because the white man accused of killing him only faces a charge of manslaughter. The Indians want him to face a murder charge.
They first took their protests to the court prosecutor, but they didn't get what they wanted from him, so they started a scuffle which turned into a violent brawl. Twenty-seven Indians were arrested and another eight injured. The sheriff and six station officers also were injured.
The Indians left with a warning that they'd be back in great numbers -- perhaps as many as 1,500. The National Guard has been put on stand-by.
SYNOPSIS: A band of angry Sioux Indians rode into the South Dakota town of Custer on Wednesday and surrounded the County Court. There were nearly sixty of them, and they'd come to protest about two things...the violent stabbing and killing or an Indian named Charles Bao Heart Bull, and the fact that a white man accused of the killing was only being charged with manslaughter.
But their protests didn't get them what they wanted, so the Indians began to wreck the courthouse.
Police, realising that the deputation was turning into something bigger, cordoned off the court house to any more Indians. But the bottle-throwing became petrol-bomb throwing and a real fight was on. Police fought back while a call went out by radio for reinforcements against the Indians.
Before they arrived, 27 Indians had been arrested and another eight injured. The Sheriff and six station officers also were wounded.