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Report: Alderman Made Threatening Comments

January 23, 2013, 10:09 PM by Derek Olson

Report: Alderman Made Threatening Comments
Bill Clayton

RAPID CITY, SD -

Bill Clayton made headlines for making racially charged comments to an African American journalist. He has since apologized to her.

But the report also accuses Clayton of making threatening comments toward a fellow council member during a conservative rally.

Three people, including two City officials lodged formal complaints against alderman Bill Clayton, accusing him of making threats about another council member, Charity Doyle.

"I didn't know them well.  They were not political supporters of mine, to put it mildly," Doyle said.

Clayton has denied the allegations, which include that he encouraged supporters to harass and drive Doyle from office. One complaint also alleged that Clayton put his hand to his head mimicking a gun when referencing Doyle during a luncheon speech.

Doyle, who is married to Tim Doyle a Rapid City police officer wounded in a shootout that killed two other officers, says she found that report especially upsetting.

"I've asked myself if it would've disturbed me as much had August second not happened, and I don't know," Doyle said.

Doyle, who's been on the council for the past year and a half says she expected some tension with Clayton even before he was sworn into office last July.

"I was taking numerous complaints from staff members and people around the community about how Clayton was coming in to put me in my place," Doyle said.

Doyle has not taken part in council discussion on the issue.

"There were a lot of things that I wanted to say but I didn't know that because of what happened with my husband, could I be impartial?  And that's part of the oath we take is to be impartial in issues and this one was just a little too raw," Doyle said.

And though the council decided not to take action on the complaints against Clayton, Doyle says she believes this may be only the beginning of a bigger problem.

"When I look at how much the rift has grown in the last year and a half we're definitely not going in the right direction," Doyle said.

KELOLAND TV did speak with Bill Clayton on the phone on Wednesday. He says he's hopeful the release of the full report will put the issue to rest. 

We have the full report attached below.

Bill Clayton Report.pdf

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