South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
(R) said he's uncovered no wrongdoing in the case of a blind Lakota man whose surgical scars resemble the letters "KKK."
Jackley looked into the treatment of Vern Traversie
a blind member of the Cheyenne River
, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He claims the scars resulted from a reaction to medical grade tape, according to a press release
Traversie, 69, underwent emergency surgery at the hospital last August.
He has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the facility.
“I’m not surprised that the State of South Dakota is seeking to preempt justice,” Traversie, 69, said in a press release yesterday.
and the Department of Health and Human Services
are also looking into the incident, Traversie's media team said in the press release.
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