By Brenda Norrell Censored News English and Spanish Update Friday, Oct. 14: Reno, Nevada, police, continuing their policy of protecting the 'good ole boys' who are white in this city, have charged the driver who intentionally drove into a Native American rights march only with a misdemeanor charge of provoking an assault. One grandmother is hospitalized with a fractured pelvis after being run over when the truck plowed through the Indigenous Peoples gathering on Monday. Videos show the driver insulted and threatened the marchers before intentionally driving into them. This was attempted vehicular homicide and a hate crime. The driver did not stop immediately after driving into the marchers, as the wounded lay on the pavement. There should also be a charge of felony hit and run. In the news, three warrants issued http://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/2016/10/13/3-warrants-issued-arch-protest-incident/92032980/ USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/10/14/columbus-day-protest-assault/92051228/ RENO (Monday) — Five people were injured when a white pickup truck plowed into Native American rights activists, protesting Columbus Day and speaking out for the defense of the water at Standing Rock.
During the Abolish KKKolumbus Day March on Monday, at about 6:40 p.m. the driver of the pickup stalked the marchers and yelled insults at them, before slamming into Native Americans and supporters, including a grandmother who is hospitalized. With multiple fractures to her pelvis, and in the hospital, the grandmother said, 'I feel this was attempted vehicular homicide. He could have killed us, and he didn't care.” Police have not arrested the driver. The hate crime was caught on video and the license plate is in clear view below. Quanah Parker Brightman of United Native Americans interviewed the victim today in the hospital. She spoke out and said the driver should be arrested. “I feel pretty strongly about it. This guy was belligerent, he had been following us around making comments.” “He had the choice to go around, either direction on the streets, and he plowed right through us.” “I want them to arrest this guy,” said the grandmother from her hospital bed. Raquel Arthur, president of the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada, told Censored News that the two men in the pickup were seated there during the prayer circle. “They were seated in the back smoking weed, making disruptive comments,” Arthur said. As the group marched to the Arch in Reno, the two men continued to yell insults at the marchers, she said. When they reached the Arch, she said, “They were really threatening us.” Arthur said the grandmother who is hospitalized had planned to leave today for Standing Rock, North Dakota, to support the water protection of the Missouri River, and protection of the ancestral burial places. “We were there peacefully. We see this as pre-meditated. We see this as a hate crime.” The recorded audio from the scene reveals a marcher saying, “You gotta go around.” The driver responds, “I'll f-ck you up, I'll f-ck you up.” The driver again yells, “Get the f-ck out of my way.” The driver then guns the engine and drives into the marchers. After hitting marchers, and when they are on the pavement, the driver flees the scene. Arthur said, “As President of American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada, we are all deeply sadden by the events that unfolded with last nights protest. Our intent was to bring light and Truth to the injustices against us Indigenous People throughout history from 1492 to this present day.
“The fight is never-ending in this ‘civilized' world. Truth be told, there is a lot of hate to people of color. As we witnessed the acts of hate last night however we can not fight hate with more hate. So we ask all to continue the good fight out of love and prayer. We are nothing without prayers. Believe in prayer, carry your Faith to insure a better world for the children and those who have yet to be born. We will all stand before The Creator when that time comes. Meanwhile live with Love, Faith, Hope and Charity for All People. Pesha u, Moogwa Kwena Wahebeho.” Nevada law: Felony Hit and Run — Involving death or bodily injury (NRS 484E.010)
Fleeing after a car accident that results in bodily injury or death is a category B felony. The abridged legal definition of felony “hit and run” in Nevada states that, “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or the death of a person shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident and exchange information and render aid.“
Crimen de odio grabado en video cuando una camioneta atropella
a un grupo manifestantes indígenas norteamericanos
Por Brenda Norrell
Villanueva, S. (Traducción)
RENO, NEVADA, ESTADOS UNIDOS – Cinco personas resultaron heridas cuando una camioneta blanca chocó contra activistas que defienden los derechos de los indígenas de Norteamérica cuando protestaban contra el Día de Cristóbal Colón y hablaban a favor de la defensa del agua en la reservación Standing Rock en el estado Dakota del Norte en Estados Unidos.
Durante la marcha, que se llamó “Abolición de KKKolumbus,” este lunes 10 de octubre, aproximadamente a 18:40pm, el conductor de la camioneta acosó a los manifestantes y les gritó insultos, antes de usar su vehículo para embestir a los indígenas norteamericanos, incluyendo a una abuela que está hospitalizada.
Con múltiples fracturas en la pelvis, y en el hospital, la abuela dijo: “siento que esto fue un intento de homicidio usando un transporte vehicular. Él nos podría haber matado, y no le importo.”
La policía no arrestó al conductor. El crimen de odio fue capturado en video y la placa de matrícula se ve claramente. Quanah Parker Brightman, de la organización Indígenas Americanos Unidos, entrevistó a la víctima, hoy en el hospital. Ella habló y dijo que el conductor debe ser detenido.
“Me siento muy convencida de que debería ser detenido. Este tipo era agresivo, nos había estado siguiendo por los alrededores y había estado haciendo comentarios groseros.”
“El conductor tenía la opción de dar la vuelta y continuar su camino en ambas direcciones de la calla, pero decidió embestirnos con su camioneta.”
“Quiero que arresten a este tipo”, dijo la abuela desde su cama de hospital.
El audio grabado durante la escena revela a un manifestante diciendo: “Tienes dar la vuelta.”
El conductor responde (usando insultos): “¡Voy a joderlo a usted, voy a lastimarlo!”
El conductor grita de nuevo, “¡Sal de mi camino!”
El conductor, en ese momento, enciende el motor de su vehículo y decide atropellar a los manifestantes.
Después de golpearlos, cuando ya están tirados en la acera, el conductor huye de la escena del crimen.
Raquel Arthur dijo: “Como Presidenta del Movimiento Indios Americanos del Norte de Nevada, todos estamos profundamente entristecidos por los acontecimientos que ocurrieron durante las protestas anoche. Nuestra intención era llevar la luz y la verdad sobre las injusticias que existen contra nosotros, los pueblos originarios, a lo largo de la historia, desde 1492 hasta el día de hoy.
La lucha es interminable en este “mundo civilizado”. A decir verdad, “hay mucho odio contra la gente de color.” Aunque fuimos testigos de actos de odio anoche, no podemos combatir el odio con más odio. Así que les pedimos a todos seguir la buena batalla de amor y oración. No somos nada sin oraciones. Creer en la oración, llevar su fe para asegurar un mundo mejor para los niños y los que aún tienen que nacer es importante. Todos estaremos ante el Creador cuando llegue el momento. Mientras tanto debemos vivir con amor, fe, esperanza y caridad para todas las personas. “Pesha u, Moogwa Kwena Wahebeho.”
Watch videos below. ……….
Driver's Plate Nevada 218-PWS
Breaking News at Censored News Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10 — 11, 2016:
–Twenty-seven water protectors were arrested on Monday, including
Lakota activist Vic Camp and actress Shailene Woodley, costar in the new Snowden film, who joined the Native youth runners to DC this summer. Two supporters locked down to machinery and were charged with felonies.
–In a hate crime, Native Americans were run down as they marched in the anti-Columbus Day parade in Reno on Monday. A grandmother with a fractured pelvis speaks out after police refuse to arrest the driver.
Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 29 years, serving as a writer for Navajo Times and a stringer for AP and USA Today during the 18 years she lived on the Navajo Nation. After being a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated. She then created Censored News, focused on Indigenous Peoples and human rights, now in its fifth year.