Standing Rock seeks Justice Dept. investigation into abuses of water protectors
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks Justice Dept. investigation of abuses against water protectors
By Standing Rock Sioux Nation
CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today formally requested that the Department of Justice investigate law enforcement abuses, including unlawful arrests, of peaceful protesters protecting sacred places and water from the Dakota Access pipeline.
Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, II, called on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate civil rights violations.
The militarization of law enforcement agencies has escalated violence at the campsite, protesters and tribal members have reported. Thousands of peaceful protesters from around the country have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in solidarity to protect sacred places and water. First-hand accounts and videos filmed by participants reveal a pattern of strong-arm tactics targeting Native Americans and peaceful protesters. The abuses include strip searches, violent security dog attacks, pepper-spraying of youth and intimidation by law enforcement.
More than 300 tribes, millions of supporters, 21 city governments, 19 members of Congress and several members of the U.S. Senate have enlisted their support to protect water and sacred places.
North Dakota’s Governor and congressional delegation—all of which support energy development—have together failed to provide leadership on finding a peaceful solution to address tribal concerns over the pipeline.
“I am seeking a Justice Department investigation because I am concerned about the safety of the people,” Archambault said. “Too often these kinds of investigations take place only after some use of excessive force by the police creates a tragedy. I hope and pray that the Department will see the wisdom of acting now to prevent such an outcome.”
Breaking News at Censored News MORTON COUNTY WAR CRIME By Brenda Norrell -- Morton County engaged in torture when it hooded a Standing Rock water protector during a lock down to protect the Missouri River water from Dakota Access Pipeline construction. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier posted this photo. Morton County engaged in a second act of torture when it forced the daughter of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard to remain naked in a jail cell. She was arrested for no credible reason, strip searched and forced to remain naked all night. Forcing a person to remain naked is a form of torture. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/10/war-crime-morton-county-engaged-in.html