Published November 13, 2016
MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA — On Saturday morning, some 500 water protectors were holding a peaceful and prayer ceremony when a non-Native concrete truck driver drove his vehicle into the crowd.
“This is my way home,” the angry man yelled at the peaceful water protectors, who were blocking his path. Shouting ensued between the water protectors and the man. As the man became progressively more angry, he brandished what appeared to be a 9mm and shot seven shots into air. Seven shells were recovered at the scene.
Fortunately no one was hit with by the bullets. However, there were two reported injuries from the incident.
“A concrete truck driver pulled a gun on water protectors while trying to ram his way thru a crowd!” said Dallas Goldtooth, a Native American campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Our protectors were peacefully marching on a dirt road towards a DAPL operations base. And somehow WE are designated as the violent ones.”
It is not known if the man has been questioned by law enforcement.
Organizers are demanding the U.S. Justice Department and Morton County Commission to investigate human rights abuses inflicted upon the unarmed and peaceful by the Sheriff’s office following their policies and practices.
Water protector eyewitnesses report the man was driving a Four Square Concrete truck with the telephone number: 701-202-2107. Four Square Concrete operates out of Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota.