Administration of the Rapid City Police Department, Main Street Square, and Destination Rapid City have made the decision to postpone the Cruiser Car Show (originally scheduled to take place in Downtown Rapid City on Sunday, July 10th) after receiving reports of threats to officer and public safety.
The threat was reported to police late Friday morning after an unknown individual called a local media outlet to inform them there would be gunmen present at the event. The caller indicated the gunmen would be targeting police officers. The call was immediately reported to police.
The threat comes less than 24 hours after the highly publicized attack that took the lives of five officers of the Dallas Police Department the evening of July 7th.
“Safety of the public and the safety of our officers is the top priority of the Rapid City Police Department,” said Chief of Police Karl Jegeris. “The Cruiser Car Show is a great symbol of the RCPD’s high level of support from the community, and it’s incredibly disappointing that this event was disrupted through threats of violence.”
At the time of this release, the date of the postponed event remains to be determined.
“We appreciate our ongoing working relationship with the RCPD,” said Megan Whitman, Executive Director of Main Street Square. “Our office will be working to identify future dates in 2016 for this event.”
Registered participants of the Cruiser Car Show may contact the Main Street Square office at (605) 716-7979 with questions about the postponement.
Meanwhile, police are working to identify the source of the threat. Anyone with information about the person who called in the threat should contact police at 394-4131 to report it, or they may submit an anonymous tip by texting ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.