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Groups hanging out in a Rapid City parking garage; are they a problem?


During the summer, and especially during events, Rapid City police are dealing with large groups of people downtown. But sometimes, those groups are kids just hanging out in the parking garage. 

"They tend to make people really nervous," said Officer Ryan Phillips, Rapid City. "They're hanging out with not really any purpose or anything like that. People don't know what to think about them." 

Officer Phillips says officers get calls about unsupervised youth in the Main Street parking ramp."They don't know what to think," said Phillips. "It's just a perception that we're dealing with, and I supposed there's some credibility to that. People are just unsure of what's going on in here."

Officers already patrol the garage, but so far in 2014 there have been 19 calls for extra patrols in the parking ramp.

But none of those calls has resulted in an arrest or citation. "They're just hanging out; just being kids," said Phillips. "They can range anywhere from a small group to very very large groups." 

"We're not doing anything wrong," said Jesse Mayer. Mayer says his friends came to the parking garage this weekend because it was raining. "Everybody's got the thing they do for fun," said Mayer. "We don't cause any trouble; we just drive up and down." He says he realizes some groups harass people. "Some people like to yell at people; most of us just like to sit here and have a good time," said Mayer.

Michelle Pulling, owner of Silver Lining Creamery and Alternative Fuel in Main Street Square, says a good employer practices safety first. "We have a buddy system, but we've always had that," said Pulling. "If you're going to go out late a night you need to go with somebody else."

But Pulling hasn't had a problem, or heard any complaints, about the garage. "I haven't seen it," said Pulling. "Not more than, you know, kids hanging out at the park or kids hanging out down by the tennis courts or anything like that." 

However, if you do feel unsafe, you can call the police. "We come through here and make it as safe as we possibly can," said Officer Phillips. "We certainly pay attention to all the complaints generated and we try to come and resolve them."

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