Police load shotguns, arrive in armored vehicles, as Standing Rock water protectors pray

Militarized show of police force terrorizes Native American women, children and elderly in prayer


By Brenda Norrell

 

SAINT ANTHONY, North Dakota -- Police used excessive force, loading shotguns, and arriving in armored vehicles today, as Native American women, children and elderly prayed.

As they prayed for the protection of their water source, the Missouri River, and their burial places, from the Dakota Access Pipeline, police terrorized unarmed women, children and elderly with shotguns and assault rifles.

Twenty-one water protectors were arrested during this militarized show of force by North Dakota law enforcement.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier continued to create hysteria by releasing false statements about Native Americans and their allies camped at Cannon Ball. Sheriff Kirchemeier has repeatedly lied in his statements and said those defending the water were armed and violent. The mainstream media has either ignored the situation or repeated these lies.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department issued a statement, that among other things, includes this:
"Due to the current threat to public safety, law enforcement responded with specialized equipment and weapons to include armored vehicles and less lethal ammunition using bean-bag rounds."
It seems that praying in public in a non-violent way is now considered a threat to public safety.

The video and photographic evidence clearly shows that there was no threat to public safety whatsoever, by the water defenders. The only threat came from the law enforcement officers in there armored vehicles and carrying various loaded weapons.
This dangerous spin doctoring by the Morton County Sheriff Department and the issuing of false information to paint a public picture of the water defenders as a violent threat, are designed to justify excessive use of force against non-violent, praying members of the public.
Further, there is a court order from the DC Court of Appeals issued on September 16, 2016 that states that DAPL is to stop all construction in a 20-mile buffer on both sides of the Missouri River.

What is the Morton County Sheriff Department doing to enforce that court order?

Why are state and county resources being used to harass and arrest members of the public that have peacefully prevented DAPL from violating the court order -- instead of arresting DAPL workers from violating the court order?

The Dakota Access Pipeline has ignored an active court order issued on Sept. 16, 2016, that states that DAPL can not undertake any work in the 40 mile stretch, 20 miles on each side of the river.

The Red Warrior Camp, one of the camps where thousands of Native Americans and allies are camped along the Cannon Ball and Missouri Rivers, said this militarized show of force during a prayer should have never happend.

The Red Warrior Camp said, "The United States of America is occupying Indigenous Land and when their occupation and ruination of our lands and waters is challenged they respond with unprecedented violence, with kidnapping our brothers and sisters protecting us and our territories. They are incarcerating our Warriors, our Women, our Youth. Today’s ceremony should never have been interrupted, no arrests should have been made and certainly the military machine should not have been called in in response to our prayers."

"We hereby call on the police, we as the public order the police to STAND DOWN and IMMEDIATELY CEASE AND DESIST. We are not intimidated, we are angry, we are saddened and we are only continuing to build our Warrior Spirit and Resistance in the face of your violence and tactics. Know this.

"For all those reading, spread the story, we are calling on all human rights observers and advocates to take this to your networks and your organizations. We are in need of continued advocacy and documentation. Together, we will not let this stand. We are unafraid and powerful united, together, in our protection of the Water. We have no fear, why should we when we speak and act the truth?" Red Warrior Camp said.

 

Read more and watch videos of today's police assault at Censored News: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/09/standing-rock-breaking-news-surrounded.html

 

On left, screenshot from live video today as police loaded shotguns,

while unarmed Native American women, children and elderly prayed.

Watch videos of today at: 

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/09/standing-rock-breaking-news-surrounded.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update Thursday:

Bogus Warrant and a Night in Jail -- Civil Rights Violated: Greg Grey Cloud, Lakota, is free after spending a night in jail on a bogus warrant. The State of North Dakota and Morton County Jail violated his civil rights.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/09/lakota-greg-grey-cloud-free-from-jail.html

 

Copyright Brenda Norrell, Narco News

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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.