WARNING: This footage could be disturbing to watch.
On November 20th, 2016 North Dakota water protectors used a semi truck in an attempt to remove burnt military vehicles which the police chained to concrete barriers weeks ago to keep the bridge blocked on 1806.
In response, police unleashed water cannons of freezing water on protectors in weather that ranged from 23 to 26 degrees. Police also shot people with rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas and mass.
This footage, shot by photojournalist August White, shows the mass hypothermia that ensued as well as one male protector’s bullet would to the head.
Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas.
Sunday’s skirmishes began around 6 p.m. after protesters removed a burned-out truck on what’s known as the Backwater Bridge, not far from the encampment where they’ve been for weeks as they demonstrate against the pipeline. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department estimated 400 protesters sought to cross the bridge on state Highway 1806.
A live stream early Monday showed a continued standoff, with large lights illuminating smoke wafting across the scene.
The sheriff’s department said in a statement around 1 a.m. Monday that approximately 100 to 200 protesters were on the bridge or in the vicinity. It said law enforcement officers “had rocks thrown at them, burning logs and rocks shot from slingshots,” and that one officer had been hit on the head by a thrown rock.
At least one person was arrested. Protesters said a gym in Cannon Ball was opened to aid demonstrators who were soaked on a night the temperature dipped into the low 20s or were hit with tear gas.
Rema Loeb told The Associated Press he was forced to retreat from the bridge because he feared being doused with water on the freezing night. Others, he said, needed medical treatment after being hit with tear gas
UPDATE As Of 7:00 EST
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Hundreds needed medical attention after being tear gassed and sprayed with water canon during a Sunday protest in North Dakota
These Law Enforcement People Are A Danger To Themselves And Others! Wake Up!!!!!!
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