Published November 1, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA —As local law enforcement defends its extreme use of force against protesters near the Dakota Access Pipeline, the camps and a representative from the United Nations permanent forum on indigenous issues continue to hear the accounts of those released from jail from Thursday’s event where more than 140 people were assaulted, arrested and mistreated by law enforcement. Leaders, journalists and those who witnessed Thursday’s account are collecting video material to share with the world of the violence carried out by law enforcement.
But as the community and families deal with another traumatic encounter for standing up for their rights and land, prayer is at the core of recovery in camps and the community.
“We call on the thousands of water protectors who stand in solidarity with us against DAPL to remain in peace and prayer,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault in a recent statement. “Any act of violence hurts our cause and is not welcome here.”
With more than a million people checking in to the Oceti Sakowin camp over the weekend via Facebook in an attempt to confuse law enforcement as they are suspected to be monitoring social media in addition to the constant roving of airplanes and helicopters, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department made a statement denying monitoring social media activity:
“The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location. This claim / rumor is absolutely false.”
Yet, when Myron Dewey is stopped at police checkpoints he is instructed by law enforcement that he cannot stream a live feed when in the presence of law enforcement. Dewey is an onsite journalist who updates on activities by law enforcement and the Dakota Access Pipeline via live Facebook feeds and is often targeted by police.
Meanwhile, there have been no charges for the man who charged a scene of the protests at high speed with a loaded AR-15.
A Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson shared on Monday no one was charged or is in custody in relation to the incident. The Sheriff’s department said the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI), which is under the state’s Attorney General’s Office, is the lead on the investigation.
“I can tell you no one has been charged or are in custody for the incident,” said Donnell Hushka, a spokesperson for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.
With most of the protestors released from jail from Thursday’s events, one still remains in custody. Red Fawn Fallis of Denver, Colorado and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, a class A felony in the State of North Dakota. Law enforcement claims they heard three shots fired from a revolver and arrested the suspect. She has not made a plea and is expected to plea not guilty.
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