police misconduct

Damien Weets, right, testifies before the Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission on Oct. 25, 2023 in Sioux Falls. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

State panel suspends Brookings police officer for slamming man against wall

BY: - October 25, 2023

SIOUX FALLS — A Brookings police officer will be suspended for a year after throwing an intoxicated man against a wall without warning when the man insulted him. Damian Weets, a 12-year police veteran in Brookings, will be eligible for recertification as a South Dakota law enforcement officer in a year, provided he undergoes a […]

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Spike in complaints against officers prompts potential change to discipline process

BY: - July 18, 2023

The state has seen a 132% increase in investigations against law enforcement officers and 911 operators since 2016, and is on pace to field 13% more of the formal complaints that can spark such investigations this year. Hank Prim, of the state Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), shared the numbers with the South Dakota Law […]