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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: 2) by tisI on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:58PM

    by tisI (5866) on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:58PM (#432654)

    You're not even on point.
    These assholes are using, I'm assuming from TFA, local police as their own private security force.
    The same police force that is employed to protect and serve the public is being used to assault and fire on unarmed civilians that have a right to protect their property and land.
    And you, I, and the victims are paying these cocksuckers to assault them.

    This country is on the verge of civil war. Cops are shooting unarmed civilians. Armed civilians are now beginning to shoot cops, and killing them in kind.

    Blue lives don't matter when they're armed thugs harassing, killing and extorting money from a destitute people.
    I have zero sympathy for cops now that they're turning their guns on the very people they are to protect. This is fucked up. Kill the bastard and those that own him.

    Doesn't help when some half-cocked fanatic comes along and spews inflammatory hate to get himself elected president and the public decides this is now the condoned behavior of public interaction.

    Guns are the answer. We need more guns .. and make them easier to get.

    "Suppose you were an idiot...and suppose you were a member of Congress...but I repeat myself."
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