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Embed America: Problems of liberty and justice on the plains
Calvin "Hawkeye" Waln says raising allegations of police brutality and civil rights abuses against his reservation's police department cost him his job.
August 9th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Embed America: Problems of liberty and justice on the plains

By Lisa Desjardins and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Rosebud, South Dakota (CNN) They are watchwords of both parties: freedom and liberty.

But when Embed America went to South Dakota we found a place where many say that both are threatened and the problem is ignored. The Rosebud Sioux Reservation includes one of the poorest counties in the nation, but residents talked with us more about their concerns that the tribal police force is part of a broken justice system.

We spoke with Calvin “Hawkeye” Waln, a recently fired police officer who made some serious charges.

[3:14] “You're talking violations of civil rights, excessive use of force is one. You’re talking spraying handcuffed suspects with pepper spray to physical police brutality where the officers end up injuring or breaking bones from assaulting somebody.”

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