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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: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @07:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24 2016, @07:43PM (#432534)

    those were [Snopes'][1] words

    ...and, according to other sources, those particular terms were less than fully accurate and, as such, misleading.

    I have also seen the word "clash" applied to the events.
    I also thought that that was inappropriate and deceptive.

    What I haven't seen is any evidence that any of the protesters had weapons or used weapons, which would indicate that both sides were belligerents.

    This was a 1-sided attack on unarmed people by bullies.

    [1] When I spot errors, my instinct is to correct those.
    ...and when that is more than punctuation or letter case, I typically indicate that a change has been made.

    Got a citation for them being rubber-coated steel?

    My source was several individuals independently reporting from Pacifica Radio's KPFK, whom I have found to be to be reliable sources.

    Rubber bullet []

    The older type, the standard rubber bullet, is a steel sphere coated in a thin layer of rubber, weighing 14 grams, while the new improved rubber bullet, introduced in 1989, is a rubber-coated metal cylinder 1.7 cm in diameter, weighing 15.4 grams.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

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  • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Thursday November 24 2016, @10:35PM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Thursday November 24 2016, @10:35PM (#432634) Homepage

    Then a different source should have been quoted instead of putting words into Snopes's mouth.

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  • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Thursday November 24 2016, @10:38PM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Thursday November 24 2016, @10:38PM (#432635) Homepage

    [1] When I spot errors, my instinct is to correct those.

    It's not an error.

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