As Rapid City braces for the racially charged disorderly conduct trial of Trace O’Connell tomorrow and Thursday, a Minneapolis lawyer has filed notice with the U.S. District Court of South Dakota that he may sue Rapid City, Eagle Sales, O’Connell, and other folks in the now infamous guest box at the Rapid City Rush hockey game last January for throwing beer, racial insults, cuss words, and bottle caps and frisbees at Indian kids.
O’Connell attorney Mike Butler responds to Hopper’s official threat with scorn:
The notice to bring a lawsuit against Rapid City, the Civic Center, Eagle Sales, my client, and others is little more than a shakedown for money, captioned as a lawsuit claiming racism. I am familiar with the investigation. This case is not about racism, but it is about a few who are advancing a personal agenda and using race to do it. The lawyer filing notice should take some time to inform himself of the investigation and do his homework [Mike Butler, in Jim Stasiowski, “Lawsuit Possible in Rush Hockey Game Alleged Racism Incident,” Rapid City Journal, 2015.07.19].
The comment section beneath this RCJ story is another prime example of anonymi shouting past each other. Let’s hope the trial this week is quieter and more focused on facts.