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posted by on Wednesday November 23 2016, @03:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the as-not-seen-on-tv dept.

Authorities used rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades, tear gas, and water cannons against unarmed protesters near the Dakota Access oil pipeline in 26°F (-3°C) temperatures over the weekend.

Indian Country Today reports

"We have seen four gunshot wounds, three of them to the face and head", said Leland Brenholt, a volunteer medic.

[...]400 protesters, or "water protectors", attempted to dismantle a police-enforced barricade on State Highway 1806.

[...]"Water protectors are done with the military-style barricades. We are done with the floodlights and the armored military trucks. We are are done with it!" declared organizer, Dallas Goldtooth in a mid-evening Facebook post.

Their action was met with the same militarized response that the Morton County Sheriff's Department has demonstrated on protesters for weeks: the use of armored trucks, less-than-lethal ammunition, tear-gas, mace, and on this below-freezing night, water cannons.

[...]Reports from a coalition of advocacy groups near Standing Rock report hundreds of water protectors were receiving treatment for contamination by tear gas, hypothermia, and blunt traumas as a result of rubber bullets. One person, an elder, was reportedly revived after suffering cardiac arrest, organizers said.

"As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions," read a statement from the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council.

A more measured take is available from the AP.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:12PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:12PM (#431934)

    I didn't know flashbangs could cause that much damage. I remember the case where a flashbang shot through a window and into a crib killed a baby but I figured that it died from internal injuries.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @06:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @06:48PM (#432001)

    The baby did not die.
    He was maimed and the cops squirmed out of responsibility. []

    The one person who was charged, the deputy who lied to the judge in order to get the warrant, was found not guilty []

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @10:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @10:10PM (#432157)

      The "bad guy" they were after wasn't even in that house.
      Additionally, the crime of the "bad guy" for whom that paramilitary assault was intended was selling a personal-usage amount of dope to a dude.
      I have seen no evidence that says the "bad guy" had a history of using weapons.

      When we discussed that story previously, Soylentils were angry like you might expect. []
      The parents in the crowd could imagine themselves getting very violent with the "law enforcement" types under similar circumstances.
      The youngster who had his chest blown open with that grenade and who was so badly burned they had to induce a coma was 18 months old.

      -- OriginalOwner_ []

  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:25AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Thursday November 24 2016, @03:25AM (#432256) Journal

    Even a puny fire cracker can blow off a finger.