Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 11, 2016

Time to file a civil rights complaint against Morton County Sheriff


The overwhelming video evidence clearly shows that the core element of 'tumultuous and violent' is not occurring yet people are being charged with Engaging in a riot

By Michael Lane
Censored News
The Morton County Sheriff's Department has gathered a large number of law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions, and used militarized weapons and vehicles under the pretense that the water defenders are engaging in riotous behavior. The North Dakota Century Code defines riotous behavior as (see section 2):
12.1-25-01. Inciting riot.
1. A person is guilty of an offense if he:
a. Incites or urges five or more persons to create or engage in a riot; or
b. Gives commands, instructions, or directions to five or more persons in
furtherance of a riot.
2. "Riot" means a public disturbance involving an assemblage of five or more persons
which by tumultuous and violent conduct creates grave danger of damage or injury to
property or persons or substantially obstructs law enforcement or other government
The overwhelming video evidence clearly shows that the core element of "tumultuous and violent" is not occurring yet people are being charged with Engaging in a riot:

12.1-25-03. Engaging in a riot.
1. A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if he engages in a riot, as defined in
section 12.1-25-01.
2. The provisions of subsection 3 of section 12.1-25-01 are applicable to attempt,
solicitation, and conspiracy to commit an offense under this section. Mere presence at
a riot is not an offense under this section.
Perhaps it is time to reverse the table and file a civil rights complaint against the Morton County Sheriff Department for knowingly making false criminal charges to violate the civil rights of the water defenders.

Breaking News at Censored News Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10 -- 11, 2016:
--Twenty-seven water protectors were arrested on Monday, including
Lakota activist Vic Camp and actress Shailene Woodley, costar in the new Snowden film, who joined the Native youth runners to DC this summer. Two supporters locked down to machinery and were charged with felonies.
Red Warrior Camp statement:
--In a hate crime, Native Americans were run down as they marched in the anti-Columbus Day parade in Reno on Monday. A grandmother with a fractured pelvis speaks out after police refuse to arrest the driver.
--Michael Lane writes of Standing Rock efforts: Time to file civil charges against Morton Co. Sheriff
--US Appeals Court denies injunction
--The Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues is going on now. Please see yesterday's report, as Western Shoshone, Acoma Pueblo, Dineh, and more gather.
--In Sonora, a gathering was held to protect the Pascolas and Deer Dancers. We were invited and reported live.
--All this and more at Censored News.
Best, Brenda
Censored News


Anonymous said...

Looks more like the police are trying to incite a riot.
The police & non-Indians are so used to treating the indigenous people however they want to, like they are doing you a special favor to treat you like a person.
Well how do they usually treat the American Indians like they are worthless garbage?
Look at the extreme militarization of the police at Standing Rock, they are not there to protect the religious and constitutional rights of the people gathered, who have not committed any acts of violence.

Anonymous said...

File civial rights. All natives doing protecting water and praying. Cannot drink oil n eat it. There's been enough oil spills time to stop drilling for oil.

Anonymous said...

I feel my life was threatened when the officers pulled there guns will we were in prayer we never used force we used prayers

TARA said...

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Anonymous said...

This is Mostly About Native American Indians and where they Stand in this World �� And what Rights we Really have, wich as you Can see none, We Stand together as One, NATIVE LIVES MATTER!!

Unknown said...

Constitutional Violations of the People:

This only includes the violations of 1st Amendment Rights, but other Rights retained by the people also apply.

Each official, including all police/military forces members, is sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all foreign "and domestic" enemies.

That they are in fact violating the Constitutional Rights of the People makes them not only guilty of violating their oaths of office but also guilty as hell of High Treason,

Such is a fact of law and the Constitution is thee highest law of the land. Any rules, regulations or laws which violate the Constitution are null and void upon the face of them. Any official, be they high or low, which acts in violation and attempts to impose UN-Constitutional rules, regulations or laws is in fact in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America and all International Rules and Laws which the United States of America is signature too.

"The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances."

The actions against the people/Water Protectors at Standing Rock are in clear violation of every single clause within the 1st Amendment.

They gather in prayer as a religious right and for officials to impede that in any way violates the Religious Rights of the people set forth in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Including the Peoples Right to travel to and from such religious events and participate in ceremony, prayer, mediation and thought in them.

Freedom of speech is certainly being violated as they try to impede such and even deploy weapons which have the capability of electrically disorienting people rendering them incapable of speech.

Freedom of the Press is certainly in violation as local officials press warrants for members of the press covering the story, clearly threatening and impeding the legitimate press freedoms guaranteed within the 1st Amendment.

Freedom of peaceful assembly is most certainly in violation when in fact that is exactly what the people at Standing Rock are involved in doing. Deploying armed police and military forces in order to try to suppress the freedom to peaceably assemble violates the 1st Amendment.

The Freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances, which in fact the actions at Standing Rock is in violation as "officials" try to impede and suppress the right to grievance in relation to the destructive and hazardous pipeline(s) and the threat to the water supply of not only the First Nations/Native Peoples of Standing Rock but the water supplies of millions of Americans who live downstream.

Such outright violations of the Peoples Rights are in fact acts of treason and warrant criminal changes against all who are in violation of the of the highest laws of the land contained within the Constitution of the United States of America & Bill of Rights, and is in violation(s) of the Treaty Rights of Native Americans recognized nationally and internationally. As well as all International Rights contained in every Treaty and Law which the United States of America is signature too.

Unknown said...

There is only one way to deal with this. We must use our right to a

Anonymous said...

Please know that many non Native's are there in support of the people. Many more non Native's stand strong with our brothers and sisters who are protecting our right to clean water. We do not under any circumstances condone what is happening in the 'Police State of North Dakota" Together we are standing, for our children, our Great grandchildren and the next 7 generations.

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