Officers assaulted, student arrested

Officers assaulted, student arrested by M. Jill Karolevitz Two Vermillion police officers were struck Sept. 2 by an individual as they made an arrest at a party on North University Street.

"We received a complaint at 11:36 p.m. about a loud party at 204 North University," said Police Chief Bruce Plate. "Officers responded and found about 50 people in the front yard. They ran into the house when the officers arrived."

When the officers sought out a resident of the house to talk about the noise complaint, Kaseem Gaines, a 22-year-old University of South Dakota student responded as one of the occupants.

"But he gave us a fictitious name," Plate said.

Upon further investigation, officers discovered the falsehood and attempted to arrest the student for false impersonation. During the arrest procedure, however, he fought with three of the officers.

"Two of them were struck according to the report," said Clay County State's Attorney Tami Bern.

They were not seriously injured in the incident.

Following the incident, Gaines, a USD football player, was also charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. His first court appearance is set for Sept. 26 before Judge Mary Dell Cody. The case will be presented to the October grand jury.

Craig Thompson of Vermillion will represent Gaines.

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