By Brenda Norrell
Morton Country Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier displayed proof that law enforcement is engaged in torture at Standing Rock. This photo posted by the Sheriff's Department is at the site of a lockdown on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, by a Standing Rock water protector. The water protector's goal was to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which is rapidly approaching the Missouri River, and threatening to poison the river with an underwater crude oil pipeline.
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. Her daughter was arrested for no credible cause, strip-searched and forced to remain naked in a jail cell all night.
The U.S. Army Field Manuals states the use of hoods is use of torture
In late 2006, the military issued updated U.S. Army Field Manuals on intelligence collection (FM 2-22.3. Human Intelligence Collector Operations, September 2006) and counterinsurgency (FM 3-24. Counterinsurgency, December 2006). Both manuals reiterated that "no person in the custody or under the control of DOD, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, in accordance with and as defined in U.S. law." Specific techniques prohibited in the intelligence collection manual include:
- Forcing the detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose in a sexual manner;
- Hooding, that is, placing hoods or sacks over the head of a detainee; using duct tape over the eyes;
- Applying beatings, electric shock, burns, or other forms of physical pain;
- Using military working dogs;
- Inducing hypothermia or heat injury;
- Conducting mock executions;
- Depriving the detainee of necessary food, water, or medical care.
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