SD AG: No Evidence of Crime in Surgery Scar Claim

Attorney General Marty Jackley


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says an investigation has found no evidence of mistreatment involving allegations that a Rapid City hospital intentionally carved the letters “KKK” into a patient’s chest during surgery.
Vernon Traversie, a 69-year-old Lakota man, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that surgeons at Rapid City Regional Hospital carved scars with the letters into his chest.
Jackley says after the case was referred to law enforcement agencies, investigations found no evidence of criminal or intentional conduct. He says the investigation found the marks on Traversie were the result of a skin reaction to the medical grade tap used to secure tubes that remained in place after the surgery.
A spokesman for Traversie says other investigations are pending and will likely find wrongdoing by the hospital.

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