(Before It's News)
Excessive police force protecting illegal construction operations of Dakota Access Pipeline, as Federal Appeals Court continues temporary halt to DAPL construction today.
By Brenda Norrell
Morton County police showed up with excessive force to stop the prayer today. Water protectors were blocked from a public access road, once again by an armored police vehicle, sound cannon (acoustical weapon vehicle) and armed police force.Water protectors were unarmed as usual and planned to pray.However, police denied access to the public road where DAPL has continued work in violation of a court order from the Federal Appeals Court in Washington.DAPL construction work was halted when the news arrived that the water protectors were on the move.
Today, in Washington, a federal Appeals Court continued the halt to DAPL construction.Read more at Censored News:
Standing Rock Chairman announces Federal Appeals Court halt to construction continues:
Watch breaking news video below from Standing Rock water protectors:
North Dakota Files More Felonies against Water Protectors
From: Sacred Stone Camp
North Dakota continues to escalate repression of the people protecting sacred sites and waters from the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Tuesday, two more felony charges were sought for water protectors, bringing the total to seven. One of the we charges is against Dale “Happi” American Horse, the first person to lock to lock his body to active Dakota Access Pipeline construction equipment.This comes days after a heated exchange at a prayer ceremony when police abruptly dispersed the crowd with shotguns, a Bearcat armored vehicle and a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
Dale “Happi” American Horse, the first water protector to lock his body to active Dakota Access Pipeline construction equipment (on August 31), appeared with his court appointed counsel, Steven Balaban. His misdemeanor case was dismissed and then refiled as a felony case. The new charges include one count of felony Reckless Endangerment, one count of misdemeanor Obstruction of a Government Function, one count of misdemeanor Preventing Arrest, and one count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. Despite the gravity of these new charges, American Horse was undaunted. “We as protectors are not intimidated when it comes to defending Mother Earth, either on the front lines or in the courtroom,” American Horse said. He remains free on a $500 bond, and trial was set for December 23rd.
Mason RedWing of the “spirit riders”, a group that patrols actions on horseback to protect people praying on the front lines, appeared this morning on two active warrants, one misdemeanor and one felony. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment of law enforcement and a second felony count of terrorizing law enforcement for allegedly riding his horse towards the police line. His bond was set at $2000. He was taken into custody and released on bond.
Seven water protectors who were arrested without warning for failing to disperse from a Dakota Access work site on September 13th appeared in court this morning for arraignments. All who appeared entered pleas of not guilty and are scheduled for trial in late December and early January.
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.