The overwhelming video evidence clearly shows that the core element of ‘tumultuous and violent’ is not occurring yet people are being charged with Engaging in a riot
By Michael Lane
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has gathered a large number of law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions, and used militarized weapons and vehicles under the pretense that the water defenders are engaging in riotous behavior. The North Dakota Century Code defines riotous behavior as (see section 2):
12.1-25-01. Inciting riot.
1. A person is guilty of an offense if he:
a. Incites or urges five or more persons to create or engage in a riot; or
b. Gives commands, instructions, or directions to five or more persons in
furtherance of a riot.
2. “Riot” means a public disturbance involving an assemblage of five or more persons
which by tumultuous and violent conduct creates grave danger of damage or injury to
property or persons or substantially obstructs law enforcement or other government
The overwhelming video evidence clearly shows that the core element of “tumultuous and violent” is not occurring yet people are being charged with Engaging in a riot:
12.1-25-03. Engaging in a riot.
1. A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if he engages in a riot, as defined in
2. The provisions of subsection 3 of section 12.1-25-01 are applicable to attempt,
solicitation, and conspiracy to commit an offense under this section. Mere presence at
a riot is not an offense under this section.
Perhaps it is time to reverse the table and file a civil rights complaint against the Morton County Sheriff Department for knowingly making false criminal charges to violate the civil rights of the water defenders.
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.
Red Warrior Camp statement:
–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.
–Michael Lane writes of Standing Rock efforts: Time to file civil charges against Morton Co. Sheriff
–US Appeals Court denies injunction
–The Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues is going on now. Please see yesterday’s report, as Western Shoshone, Acoma Pueblo, Dineh, and more gather.
–In Sonora, a gathering was held to protect the Pascolas and Deer Dancers. We were invited and reported live.
–All this and more at Censored News.
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.
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