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posted by martyb on Thursday November 24 2016, @11:24AM   Printer-friendly
from the disproportionate-force dept.

Snopes reports

On 20 November 2016, the Dakota Access pipeline protests reached new proportions when an ongoing demonstration turned into a violent [assault on protesters by] law enforcement officials.

Pipeline protesters say 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky was critically injured when she was struck with a concussion grenade thrown by Morton County sheriff's deputies while she was handing out water. As a result, she has been hospitalized and now faces the prospect of having her left arm amputated.

On 21 November 2016, Wilansky's father, Wayne Wilansky, [...] told reporters that she may need as many as 20 surgeries and that, aside from her arm injury, Sophia had welts all over her body from being shot by rubber[-coated steel] bullets, and that it took hours for an ambulance to reach her because of roadblocks. continues

A statement from The Standing Rock Medic & Healing Council stated:
"Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff's Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff's Department claimed the unarmed people created.

"These statements are refuted by Sophia's testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site, and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings."

Snopes also notes:

A total of 26 protesters were hospitalized and more than 300 were injured.

Water Cannons Used in Sub-Freezing Temperatures at Standing Rock

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @02:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @02:51PM (#432400)

    Or maybe cops have been know to lie when they need to
    but sometimes they don't need to.

    In this case, there should have clear evidence to sort it out.
    The stuff removed from the lady's arm should support one story or the other.

    I find it hard to believe that there are not many video's of the encounter from each side as well.
    If both sides are not producing these, then maybe both sides were pushing things past where they should.

    What are the limits?
    An unarmed mob on one side of a line defended by cops on the other side.

    As long as the mob stays on their side of the line, the cops should just watch.
    If the mob tries to cross the line, then the cops should be expected to respond with proportional violence.
    If the mob becomes armed, then unfortunately, the answer has to be same answer.

    This is a near impossible set of operating rules.
    For example what do you do when a few folks from one side act violently and then hide in the otherwise peaceful crowd.
    Do you respond as if the whole crowd was violent?
    No. You switch to more creative tactics like the water cannon and hopefully a bunch of cameras to hold folks accountable later.

    I wonder if that says that wearing a mask on either side should be considered something over the line?