Outbreak Of Extreme Violence From North Dakota Pipeline Protesters

Pipeline protesters have resorted to violence against law enforcement.

Pipeline protesters have resorted to violence against law enforcement.

Outbreak Of Extreme Violence From North Dakota Pipeline Protesters

Cannon Ball, North Dakota – North Dakota pipeline protesters are now being arrested for shooting and throwing Molotov cocktails at police.

The ongoing protest over the Bakken Pipeline in North Dakota has become more violent the past few days. Reports are now being released from local news agencies stating that protesters have started throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers. One woman has been arrested for shooting at police, they were able to take her into custody without returning fire. In a separate incident, one man was shot in the hand after protesters ran him off of the road.

Early Friday morning police arrested 141 protesters after a six hour standoff. Protesters refused to leave a stretch of land on private property that the pipeline will be going through. Protesters started fires all over public roadways on Thursday and chained themselves to vehicles. 200 police officers from various North Dakota agencies have responded to help keep people clear of public roadways.

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to convince the United Nations to send U.N. Peacekeepers in to “to serve as witnesses to the actions of local law enforcement.” Chairman Archambault told NBC News “We are reaching out to the U.N. because the state government of North Dakota has abandoned us and the federal government in Washington, D.C., has refused to recognize signed land treaties with our tribe.”

It’s easy to understand the frustration on both sides of the protest. Police officers don’t want public highways blocked and people can’t be allowed to trespass on private property, but throwing Molotov cocktails at police can kill them. Protesters are already mad because a private security company came in and pepper sprayed the trespassers then let K9’s go on them. The Sioux people are also pretty upset that the pipeline involves digging up sacred burial grounds. Not to mention the pipeline will be upstream from the Sioux tribe.

No matter where you stand on this issue, using deadly weapons against police officers will only end poorly for everybody involved. Hopefully this protest can come to a peaceful resolution with no more officers or protesters being harmed.

  • Alyssa Dawson

    The pipeline construction does not involve digging up sacred burial grounds. You can read the court’s ruling denying injunctive relief here: http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf. It seems Dakota Access has done much to avoid disturbing Native American cultural resources: They conducted extensive cultural surveys, and the DAPL route has been modified 140 times in North Dakota alone to avoid potential cultural resources; in sensitive areas the pipeline runs adjacent to existing pipelines (meaning the land in question has already been disturbed in the past and was not found to contain cultural resources) wherever possible and the least invasive construction method is used. The tribes were also informed and consulted early in the process (2+ years ago), and Standing Rock has not identified any cultural resources that will actually be affected by current pipeline construction plans. Where the tribe did demonstrate the presence of cultural resources at a proposed construction site (James River crossing), the Army Corps of Engineers instructed Dakota Access to move the pipeline to avoid the resources not previously known to them, and Dakota Access complied. Moreover, the issued permits allow tribal observers to monitor construction in case previously unknown cultural resources are uncovered. Should that happen, construction will stop immediately (so far this has occurred half a dozen times but each time was a false alarm).

    There are already 8 pipelines going under the Missouri River; in fact, the Dakota Access Pipeline is to run parallel to one of them. Also, most of the DAPL — and 90% of the clearing and grading — has already been completed. While we need to get off fossil fuels or at least drastically reduce consumption as soon as possible, we’re not yet at the point where we could run the entire country on renewables. Even with a massive research & development push (which is currently not happening), it would be over a decade before we could hope to manage without significant fossil fuels. And even if it was possible to stop DAPL at this point (unlikely given that most of it has already been completed and the feds have no jurisdiction over 97% of the project), that wouldn’t keep the oil in the ground; it would just force companies to switch to a different, less safe, means of transportation. Underground pipelines, especially modern ones like DAPL using the latest technology, are in fact the safest transportation method.

    There’s much we could be doing to fight climate change that we currently aren’t doing — in fact, in the last year, many states (including sunny CA, NV, AZ) have made rooftop solar much LESS attractive — but I’m not convinced that protesting the occasional new pipeline is especially effective. That said, if Standing Rock feels that stopping DAPL is a priority for them, they should have started fighting the project and gotten activists involved when they first learned about it 2+ years ago. Now that it’s almost finished it’s most likely too late.

    • disqus_tXce7yOZeo

      Let me guess, you work for Dakota Access

      • Matthew Ouellette

        no it’s probably someone who can read and understand facts…..

        • disqus_tXce7yOZeo

          We’ll see if Amnesty International and the UN agree with Ms Dawson. So far from what I’ve read elsewhere the only archeologist to confirm what she wrote about “no cultural resources” in the area are the ones hired by Dakota Access. A bit biased I’d say.

      • Catherine

        “Whenever possible” is always a wonderful caveat to sneak in before the soapbox blathering, sales pitch, rhetoric kicks in.

    • Tom Peterson

      It is so funny how Blue Lives Matter complain how various groups misstate the facts when complaining about police officer actions yet you are just a guilty in this article. Instead of leaving it at Police are being attacked you decided to add your own misinformed/misguided facts to the story. You should be ashamed of yourselves as probably cost you some support in the future but gained you no support from the tribes. Need to fact check first if you plan to be a real reporter. This may help you. http://standingrockfactchecker.org/fact-checking-srst-claims-9-7-16/ I would not stop on that article as would also look at other articles that prove or disprove what you think.

    • Concerned American

      Dawson the only individuals that would truly know anything about what is on their land are the Native Americans that live there. It is there land and our laws do not apply to their land period. Dakota Access, and Law enforcement are all breaking the law. Shame on you; its pos like you that need to plant yourself in Pelosi Territory but find Dan Quail first and marry him.North Dakota could have used their public land but then they would be
      upsetting land owners so why not make the pile of Sh*t higher on the
      heads of the Indians. Or hell they will just complete the total genocide
      of the indigent Native Americans. Former Law enforcement officer ashamed of the way indigent Native Americans are being and have been treated by our Government.

      • “it is ‘there’ land”.

        No, it’s not.

        “Dan Quail”. Right.

        You are clueless. I’d suggest you read the court documents related to Dakota Access, but there aren’t any pictures so no doubt you would not understand.

        • Concerned American

          Fu*k off you can sleep with the corrupt government that is in control now. You must be sleeping with Michelle Obama. Again “The Government has broken it’s promises to the NATIVE AMERICANS time and time again” You might as well be a Hillary Clinton groupie so when the witch wins your weapons will be the first they take by force. But then again maybe you a tree hugger in disguise and they will pass you over. There is one sided corruption in the courts whether you decide to pull your head out of your A*S or not.

    • Congratulations on realizing at least part of the truth. I see you’re being attacked by one of those “civil” folks who don’t practice what they preach – he’s attacking me, too.

      Now if we could just get you to understand that they’re also lying about human’s influence on weather, temperature and climate.

      And no, I’m not saying climate change is not real – it is. It’s also inevitable.

      Consider for a moment no thing can exist without influencing the environment in which it exists. In fact the very rocks play a role in atmospheric chemistry despite the fact they’re not even living things.

      Most of what you’re told about “climate change” and the role of CO2 in it is simply not true. For instance, did you know that the surface warming rate was HIGHER when there was LESS CO2 in the atmosphere? And it slowed as more CO2 accumulated? Don’t take my word for it – ask the iPCC and Michael Mann (along with other noted “climate scientists”):

      … the rate of warming over the past 15 years (1998–2012; 0.05 [–0.05 to 0.15] °C per decade) … is smaller than the rate calculated since 1951 (1951–2012; 0.12 [0.08 to 0.14] °C per decade).

      SOURCE: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_FINAL_full.pdf (page 2, bottom, is where it starts)

      It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims. A large body of scientific evidence — amassed before and since the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that the surface warming slowdown, also sometimes referred to in the literature as the hiatus, was due to the combined effects of internal decadal variability and natural forcing.

      http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v6/n3/full/nclimate2938.html

      Clearly, despite claims to the contrary, CO2 is NOT the factor that drives weather, temperature or climate as some would have you believe.

  • Ball Buster®

    The UN has no jurisdiction in our country. As a matter of fact,the USA should kick the UN out of New York and remove ourselves from them. Globalist POS they are.

    • Drake

      The same UN that we use with fabricated info to invade other countries. The word is hypocrite.

  • Tom Peterson

    It is so funny how Blue Lives Matter complain how various groups misstate the facts when complaining about police officers yet you are just a guilty in this article. Instead of leaving it at Police are being attacked you decided to add your own misinformed/misguided facts to the story. You should be ashamed of yourselves as probably cost you some support in the future but gained you no support from the tribes. Need to fact check first if you plan to be a real reporter. This may help you. http://standingrockfactchecker.org/fact-checking-srst-claims-9-7-16/ I would not stop on that article as would also look at other articles that prove or disprove what you think.

    • disqus_tXce7yOZeo

      I agree. Having been married to a state trooper, a nephew who is a K-9 officer and a son with a national security department, I’ve support Blue Lives Matter until today. Having friends at Standing Rock I am hearing and seeing a much different story then the one presented here. I am extremely upset with Blue Lives Matter for not fact checking and simply going by unsubstantiated sources.

    • Ted Workman

      When it was peaceful the police was pepper spraying and beating people. Saw videos of it. I support the police but these people are being bullied and treated like shit. Oh htat’s right. That is the way the government has always treated Native Americans. If it was BLM there is would be a totally different story.

      • Tom Peterson

        I hope the video of the people getting attacked by the police was not posted by the same group that posted the picture of the little girl with cut marks on her face and them stating how the police had let the dogs attack the people and the poor little girl was the result. Turns out the picture was from a girl attacked in Texas (a few miles from Dakota’s) in 2012 (A few years before 2016). My issue is when it is discovered that they are lying they never own up to it and double down with more ridiculous pictures or videos. As to the Indians always being mistreated I disagree. In the South we have let them open so many casinos it is not funny. Even on this project they met with the Indian tribes 389 times, they shortened the project by eleven miles and got 100% of the land owners to voluntarily sign easements as this is on private property yet for some reason these people (Indian Tribes) think they still control your property even though they no longer own it. Now my Great Uncle owned hundreds of acres in Texas near the Sabine River. He was informed the Government was taking his ranch and giving him very little compensation. They were going to flood the area and create Toledo Bend. He fought the government and lost. Also he died of a heart attack due to the brutes so please spare me with the Indians are so mistreated. It is not only the Indians that can claim mistreatment.

  • edevasin

    Pipelines break, Thousands of people will be affected if the river is polluted. I know people don’t matter in America, only profit. Genocide is a part of America’s history that DAPL is eager to repeat.

    • Debra Blouin

      Which of the pipelines currently running under the same river the proposed pipeline will run under have broken? What did they carry? What was the effect?
      And invoking the word genocide is rather problematic, don’t you think?

  • Willy Gilpin

    I agree more fact checking needs to be done. Anyone know how this protest started? A bunch of kids started it.

    We can learn about it from exceptional people of our own culture, and from other cultures less destructive than ours. I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children…
    ~ Wendell Berry

    This protest is about our water. If you ask the people on the line why they are protesting, they will tell you they aren’t protesting anything. They are protecting. Just ask anyone living along the powder river, how responsible the oil company with the clean up there. Or maybe the gulf coast near Pensacola. How about Valdez, Alaska.

    Sorry, North Dakota is bought n paid for since they started pulling oil out of there.

    I’ve been in Law Enforcement for 15 years. I have friends who have turned down security contracts for this company. I feel for the officers working this detail. I really do. The guys there are doing there jobs. I think the upper echelon has mismanaged this from the start. There will be tort claims as a result.

    Nope, sorry bluelivesmatter, can’t back you on this one. My daughter was on that line a few weeks ago. She was brought up in a law enforcement family. Grandfather, grandma, dad, uncle and her mother is a dispatcher. She believes as do I, that Big oil has gotten to big. We have family and friends along the entire length of the Missouri, and then into Louisiana on the Mississippi. This is only the beginning and the rest of the world needs to know this.

  • Drake

    There is more than enough video of pure violation of federal and state law by MANY LEO’s up there, specifically Morton county. You abuse someone enough they’re going to fight back. You demand respect through fear and intimidation tactics instead of equal respect this is going to happen. From theft of property, lying about having warrants while 100k+ people are watching live, then falsifying paper work while 50K+ are watching live, threats and intimidation against anyone asking any questions at local office while 50k+ are watching live, charging media with rioting when covering the story is 100% against 1st GODDAMN amendment. I could keep going all day, the problem here is using eminent domain for a for profit company not holding to the the treaties signed ~150 years ago. It’s called history and you have easily forgotten what our forefathers did to the Indians.

    There is one story of lies being pushed by Morton county and they have been called out NON STOP yet you continue to repeat their lies. The aggressors are the LEO’s/security taking mindless orders from the command structure pushing it. I’m astounded by the massive amount of laws being violated in by Morton county they are literally working outside the law in everything that they are doing. Of course there is going to be those bad apples on both sides. But turning a blind eye to your oath and affirmation is beyond disgusting. My family in LE said HELL NO when asked to go up there because they actually educated themselves on it, obviously you don’t understand anything about the sovereignty of the native americans and the treaties signed to protect that sovereignty. That pipeline breaks their entire water supply is done.

  • Karen Husted

    The violence was instigated by security.

  • D. Scia

    I have respect for our men in blue, however this article is BS, the unethical treatment that these Protectors have endured is absolutely appalling I have seen live feed of criminal behavior by the so called law enforcers then advertise to the media lies saying that the Protectors are being violent, ALL LIES, dont allow this extremists Government (president ) get away with destroying our nation, we need to come together or this will only get worse..

  • JustAO

    WHERE ARE THE VIDEOS OF COPS BEING MET BY VIOLENT PROTESTORS? WHERE?
    Cops that bully protestors are such pussies it’s ridiculous. Get a life or else face becoming irrelevant to conversation. We all know how this ends..and it doesn’t end with cops/corporations winning. Google that history.
    When did free speech become a problem for American police force? We do have video of this stuff and we see who is being violent or militarized…yet you still wanna claim who the violent ones are? These are not law enforcement…they are hired thugs by corporations…kinda like drug dealers, gangmembers, or ISIS terrorists. No difference..just follow the money.