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Cincinnati Inquirer takes on Ohio State Troopers at Standing Rock -- Demands Names

Photo Rob Wilson Photography used with permission by Censored News.

Cincinnati Inquirer takes on Ohio State Troopers at Standing Rock, Demands Names

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Cincinnati Inquirer is taking on the Ohio State Troopers sent to Standing Rock, North Dakota, who were part of the militarized police force against unarmed Native American water protectors and their allies.
The newspaper wants to know the names of the police who became part of the private army for the private oil company, Dakota Access Pipeline.
This militarized police force fired rubber bullets and tear gas into unarmed crowds, and shot women, youths and elderly with water cannons in freezing temperatures, resulting in serious injury for numerous water protectors.
This illegal militarized police force arrested water protectors during prayer and ceremonies, including Native American elderly who were jailed in "dog kennels" overnight with needed medicine, water and food, with numbers written on their arms as was done by the Nazis, by Morton County.
This militarized police force was under the direction of Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. Those responsible include the state of North Dakota, Ohio and the other states who sent militarized police, and the U.S. government. This illegal operation used taxpayer dollars during the administrations of both of Presidents Obama and Trump, beginning in the summer of 2016 and continuing through February of 2017 when the camps were bulldozed by this heavily armed police force.
The Cincinnati Inquirer is pressing through legal actions to obtain the records and the names of the Ohio Troopers sent to Standing Rock.
Muck Rock has also published a photo of a Ohio sniper on a hill at Standing Rock, obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request from Ohio. (See below.)
Meanwhile, Ohio is also the state where Frost Kennels is located. It was the dogs from Frost Kennels in Ohio, their handlers, and Dakota Access Pipeline security, that sicced vicious dogs on unarmed women, children and elderly, who were defending the burial places of ancestors at Standing Rock.
The agenda of the State of Ohio is clear. Today, the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit to protect Ohio's only National Forest from fracking.
Read the Cincinnati Inquirer's article on the demand for the names of Ohio State Troopers at Standing Rock: "Special master: Troopers' names and contract with North Dakota should be released" by Carrie Blackmore Smith.
A special master, assigned to decide when the state of Ohio has wrongfully denied access to public records, believes the Ohio Department of Public Safety did so concerning the mission of 37 troopers in North Dakota last fall.
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Sniper on the Hill, Standing Rock and COINTELPRO, in Muck Rock's Mega Data

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans

A photo of the sniper on the hill at Standing Rock has been published in a new mega data release by journalist Michael Best. The photo is from the Ohio State Highway Patrol while police were part of the militarized police force at Standing Rock. The photo was obtained by way of a FOIA request from Michael Best.

While snipers were positioned around the camps of unarmed water protectors, Native Americans and their allies maintained prayers to protect the Missouri River from the Dakota Access pipeline, a private oil pipeline constructing an underground crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River, the water source of millions.

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