Protesters Try to Reach DAPL Drill Pad

Protesters Try to Reach DAPL Drill Pad

PRESS RELEASE

 

Protestors provoke law enforcement

 

Protesters cutting wire and engaging Law Enforcement and National Guard line.  Located on the shore of the Missouri River below the DAPL horizontal drill pad.

 

After protesters cut through and removed security wire they then crafted and used it as weapons that were thrown at law enforcement close to the front line.

 

Law enforcement came upon several homemade tire deflating devices that were placed on Highway 1806 pavement near Huff, ND.  The 2” x 4” lumber with multiple protruding nails and broken glass was intended to deflate tires as they drove over the device.  It appears that several had been run over.

 

UPDATE—Protesters Try to Reach DAPL Drill Pad—Come Within 700 Feet

 

Mandan, N.D. – Morton County law enforcement arrested a total of 14 protesters (3 were arrested near the confluence of Missouri and Cannonball Rivers and 11 arrested on the Backwater Bridge) following 10 hours of protest activity from 3:00 pm, January 16 to 1:00 am January 17. The charges range from criminal trespass, engaging in a riot, possession of marijuana, fleeing, assault on a peace officer and preventing arrest.

 

We have received rumors of a snowmobile accident last night in which one person was injured.  There is no evidence of this occurring.

 

An ambulance was called for two arrested protesters.  One had a minor cut and the other complained of the effects of pepper spray.

 

Law enforcement came upon several homemade tire deflating devices that were placed on Highway 1806 pavement near Huff, ND.  The 2” x 4” lumber with multiple protruding nails and broken glass was intended to deflate tires as they drove over the device.  It appears that several had been run over.

 

Less than lethal weapons were used when the protesters were given multiple orders and warnings to move back from the bridge.  We are waiting on a final report as to what type of munitions were used.

 

As protesters cut through and removed security wire they crafted it into circular, Frisbee shape weapon and were throwing it at law enforcement on the front line.

 

In response to rumors that an Avenger vehicle is in place to shoot down drones; the ND Army National Guard does have an Avenger system employed in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest.  These systems are used strictly for observation of ungoverned encampments to help protect private property and maintain public safety in southern Morton County, ND.  The systems have no munitions; further, there is no authority to arm these vehicles with munitions.

 

NOTE: As of 4:20 pm today, there were two more arrested for criminal trespass on the Backwater Bridge for a total of 16 arrests the past two days.

 

Law enforcement has made a total of 603 arrests during protest activity since August 10. 2016.