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The gravitational spin connection appears in gravity as a non-Abelian gauge field for the Lorentz group SO(3,1), which is non-compact. The action for General Relativity is linear in the field strength associated to the spin connection, and its equation of motion corresponds to the standard metricity constraint. Consequently, the zero-torsion spin connection is never realized as an independent degree of freedom and is determined by the vierbein field. In this work, we take a different perspective and consider a pure Yang-Mills theory for the spin connection coupled to Dirac fermions, resulting in the former being a dynamical field. After discussing various approaches towards managing the pathologies associated with non-compact gauge theories, we compute the tree-level amplitude for fermion scattering via a spin connection exchange. In contrast to integrating out torsion in the presence of fermions, the model induces a chiral four-Fermi like term that involves a right-right current interaction, which is not present in the Standard Model.