Police and Military Attack Oceti Sakowin Treaty Camp*
CDT New video below shows police attacking Oceti Sakowin Treaty Camp with pepper spray, less-lethal rounds used at close range, batons, LRAD, and tazers.
Over two hundred multi-state law enforcement and National Guard personnel attacked water protectors gathered on unceded 1851 Oceti Sakowin treaty land just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the late morning of Thursday, October 27th.
For hours, the water protectors attempted to hold back the authorities sent to remove them from the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline towards the Missouri River.
High Mobility Military Vehicle (HMMV) trucks driven by the North Dakota National Guard flanked Highway 1806 on the hills as fires burned at barricades set to slow the authorities’ march.
At close range, law enforcement personnel repeatedly fired a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) sound cannon at water protectors in an attempt to drive them out. LRAD attacks were expected and many water protectors had earplugs to mitigate likely permanent damage.
Tasers, beanbag shotgun rounds, concussion grenades and batons with sniper rifle overwatch from MRAP and Bearcat armored vehicles, surrounded with HMMVs were deployed against the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) people and their supporters. One Unicorn Riot reporter was struck with a baton by a Hennepin County (MN) deputy acting in a force unit.
In a continuing pattern of foregoing transparency, law enforcement from multiple states concealed their identities by hiding nameplates and badge numbers, which can prevent individual officers from being named and deposed in lawsuits around police brutality and abuse.
Tires and debris were burning as law enforcement and military attempted to advance on the highway.
12:40 p.m. LRAD sonic weapon activated to attack water protectors at high intensity.
During the afternoon there was smoke generated on the roadway and objects like tires, logs, were placed.
The elder pictured below in ceremonial garb held a prayer for everyone gathered on Highway 1806 and was arrested shortly after.
He was arrested…
Water protectors used lockdown techniques to slow the advance of law enforcement into the Treaty Camp:
1:38 p.m. Humvee driven by National Guard and police in riot gear deployed to protect DAPL site from indigenous water protectors.
2:16 p.m. Highway 1806, North Dakota Tactical Operations force pushing water protectors with MRAP and Bearcat armored vehicles
When North Dakota military and police began pushing into treaty land early this afternoon, DAPL was actively working until people entered the site. There were several arrests as water protectors entered the construction site. Later in the afternoon materials at the roadblock near the Morton County Road 134 bridge were still burning, blocking passage for authorities
The main force unit that was beating people with batons and spraying them with mace was officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier this week, hundreds flooded the City Hall in Minneapolis to condemn the use of Hennepin County deputies and resources being deployed to North Dakota.
Unicorn Riot asked some of the deputies on the frontline why they deployed to North Dakota after the Minneapolis city council issued a declaration in support of Standing Rock, they refused to answer.
A medical triage has been set up at Oceti Sakowin camp, treating dozens of people wounded by militarized law enforcement.
In a press conference earlier this evening, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier estimated 16 arrests. He also answered “no“, when asked if tasers were used; however video footage shows clearly law enforcement using a taser against water protectors.
As of 7 p.m. CDT, Morton County Sheriff Public Information Officer informed us that an estimated 107 arrests had taken place.
Unicorn Riot will continue to cover events as they develop around the #NoDAPL water protector camps near the Missouri River.