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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, @08:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:27PM (#432068)

    The S/N editor felt compelled to add "balance" to the story by including "coverage" by Lamestream Media (who weren't on the scene).
    Jim Naureckas of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting ( has this to say about that:

    "Nothing to See Here" Headlines Conceal Police Violence at Dakota Access []

    One almost gets the sense that editors writing headlines like these have enlisted themselves on the sheriff's team, waving spectators away with a "nothing to see here, folks".

    The Washington Post (11/21/16) got the news into the headline, but framed it from a police perspective: "Police Defend Use of Water Cannons on Dakota Access Protesters in Freezing Weather".

    AP's story mentions 17 injuries.
    Early reports from RESPONSIBLE reporters among the people on-scene said that injuries were over 200.
    The medics tending to the wounded have upgraded that figure to over 300 injured.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:59PM (#432104)

    And you felt the need to inflate the situation by promulgating "water cannon" for "water hose". Spraying water on people in that kind of weather is horrible. So is ratcheting up the rhetoric to gain sympathy and then blame the "lamestream media". Cripes, for a guy who railed on Trump so much, you sure learn from his shitty tactics.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @09:20PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @09:20PM (#432120)

      The term was used by numerous news outlets.
      It accuracely describes a high-pressure device used to throw large volumes of water for long distances.

      Used in freezing temperatures against people who are living rough, it is definitely a weapon with potential for health-altering consequences.
      The medics specifically mentioned hypothermia.

      I'm quite sure you wouldn't want it used against you under any circumstances (it has the potential to remove skin), especially while the temperatures are below freezing.

      -- OriginalOwner_ []