Rapid City Councilman remains under fire for alleged remarks - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Councilman remains under fire for alleged racist remarks


Four Rapid City Council members and a hand full city residents called for the resignation of councilman Bill Clayton at Monday night's city council meeting.

Council person Bonny Petersen asked audience members and council members to stand if they would like to see Clayton step down for remarks made to a KOTA Territory news reporter - that some say are racist.

Clayton publicly apologized last month for the controversy.

The call for his resignation came after former council member Malcolm Chapman criticized the council for not taking action against Clayton.

"I'm offended, I'm embarrassed and I'm ashamed - not for me and not for our community but for you as a city council. You sit back as a tail light when you should be a headlight shining the way for how this community move forward," Chapman said. 

"This is spin. This is politics. It's the ugly side of politics. So, perhaps this young lady was victimized by some comments I made. I have been victimized as well by accusations based on half a story at best," Clayton said. 

Council members Chad Lewis, Bonny Petersen, Ritchie Nordstrom and Amanda Scott stood is support of Clayton's resignation. No action was taken.

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