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Looks like Dennis Daugaard and Marty Jackley aren't the only people with blood on their hands.
In 2015, 31 people have died in motorcycle crashes in the state, 50 percent higher than the 15-year average and the most in recorded history. The Department of Public Safety says records go back to 1963. [KELO teevee]Good job, South Dakota! You've killed at least thirty one people, maimed hundreds, and raised some $30 million not to pay teachers or end the shortage but to settle the lawsuits pending over the carnage in Sturgis.
At least sixteen bikers died during the 2015 Sturgis Rally beheading the old record of eleven in 1990. We don't know how many are in ICU on life support or brain dead on a vent.
Regional Health officials say they saw a record-breaking number of visits to their hospitals during the 75th Sturgis Rally with more than 1,100 visits to emergency rooms and Urgent Care facilities. That number is up from the 618 patients they saw during the 2014 Rally. Rapid City Regional Hospital President Mike Gibbs says for as many people who died outside of the hospital due to Rally-related incidents, just as many died inside a Regional facility. [KEVN teevee]South Dakota's law enforcement industry is crowing that they have no reports of any stabbings or shootings during the 75th Rally bacchanal.
With the official end of the 75th rally, the highway patrol data shows that the number of crashes (injury and non injury) are double what they were last year; and deaths are three times higher than 2014.Read the death roster and about the failures of Dennis Daugaard and Marty Jackley to protect visitors here.
Looks like this blog is not the only media outlet that believes the Sturgis Rally contradicts South Dakota's purported image of wholesomeness.
Aside from the criminal charges that have been handed out are the numerous injury and fatal crashes. The Department of Public Safety said there have been 29 Sturgis-related injury accidents and three fatalities thus far. Those numbers undoubtedly will rise. South Dakota seriously needs to consider whether the Sturgis event is worth the trouble it causes. That's because we think the event is not worth the drugs, deaths and troubles.Read it all here.
When Lewis and Clark explored the Missouri River and beyond some men in tribes would urge their wives and daughters to trade sex for things like iron kettles and axes. Now American Indian women are still being traded, many of them at the deadly 75th Sturgis Rally.
The Jackley-booted Division of Criminal Investigation undercover sex traps in South Dakota have netted 29 arrests in recent years. This year they baited then caught four men at the Rally.
"When you have large events like this, there's a criminal element and we've experienced in the past some child predators out and about in the community. We've taken it upon ourselves in law enforcement to do certain operations really to protect children," South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said. [KELO teevee]Marty is pimping young women, busting men merely responding to adverts, then grandstanding in front of gullible teevee audiences using a free press to burnish his telegenicity.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a known criminal enterprise trafficking women and children while living in the Black Hills with the blessings of South Dakota's law enforcement industry.
Amnesty International recommends full decriminalization of the sex trade.
Crimes are what the other guy does but in South Dakota during the Rally nobody cares.
These aren't cannabis-related fatalities: they're wholly owned by the alcohol industry and subsidized with taxes collected by the State of South Dakota.
As hypocrisy reigns supreme at the highest levels of power in South Dakota residents suffered another Sturgis Rally where this year less than a million vehicles entered the town and about a million spent an average of a thousand dollars each so the sitting governor can crow about his leadership and self-reliance while moral hazards pay the bills.