Rapid City mayor warns against damaging president statues
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender talked about the presidential statues downtown during a live update on Wednesday as protesters take down states and monuments around the country.
The mayor says while statues of historical figures who were confederate leaders or slave owners have been ripped down from their pedestals, Rapid City is the city of presidents, and law enforcement will be keeping a close watch.
“We’re not gonna place security guards down by them, but we’re certainly going to take notice of anyone messing with the statues. It’s not necessary, it’s not gonna prove a point — but I’m just telling you that we’re here to protect these statues and that’s just the way it is.” said Allender.
The mayor says each of the presidential statues is valued at over $100,000 and if someone tries to take one of them down they will face felony charges and possible prison time.
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