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Standing Rock Court Victory: Excessive force lawsuit against Morton County moves forward


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Water Protectors lawsuit moves forward over excessive force at Backwater Bridge
By Water Protector Legal Collective
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On Thursday, September 10, 2020, in a long-awaited ruling, United States District Court Judge Daniel Traynor (District of North Dakota) allowed a lawsuit challenging law enforcement's 2016 use of fire hoses and munitions against water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to move forward with discovery. The case had been stalled for more than two years after Morton County and other defendants filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the case.