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VIDEO: Veteran Severely Beaten by Multiple Riot Cops at DAPL After Offering Police a Flower

North Dakota — On Thursday morning, a group of water protectors left the Oceti Sakowin camp and drove to the Bismarck-Mandan area to demonstrate against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a few strategic locations.

Since boycotting the Big Banks funding the pipeline has met with success — Norway’s largest bank, DNB, recently pulled its assets from the project — the caravan’s first demonstration was to be held outside a branch of another Dakota Access financier, Wells Fargo.

However, as Unicorn Riot filmed, dozens of militarized, riot-gear-clad law enforcement officers from multiple departments had already taken up positions surrounding the bank branch when the water protectors arrived.

“Agencies present included Bismarck Police, Mandan Police, Fargo Police, Morton County Sheriff and Cass County Sheriff,” Unicorn Riot, which has thoroughly covered ongoing opposition to the pipeline, reported. “Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney appeared to be in command of the multi-jurisdictional force throughout the day’s events.”

Holding true to a pattern of escalating peaceful demonstrations into needlessly violent shows of force, as the water protectors approached the bank, several officers accosted and immediately arrested a man leading the march.

Just moments later, a group of officers grabbed another man from the group of water protectors and, as witnesses described, ‘immediately began dragging him across the ground, slamming him to the pavement, and striking him with their fists and feet.’

A Unicorn Riot reporter filming the attack narrated what was transpiring as officers not occupied with beating the man moved to block cameras from capturing the assault on film.

“This man’s head is bloody — they’re beating him,” he says, as several warrior cops use knees and arms to pin their victim on the cement sidewalk.

“This man is injured. He needs medical care,” the man implores.

As the struggle continues, the man screams in agony from the open wound and further strikes from the officers fists, knees, and boots. After viciously wresting the bloody man’s hands into cuffs, officers proceeded to place a controversial spit hood over his head — rather than calling for emergency services to render aid.

Witnesses then described Cass County Sheriff’s deputies forcing the man toward a waiting patrol car across the street, kicking, punching, and generally assaulting him for the duration of the arrest.

Right beside the waiting police SUV, at least a dozen riot police attempt to close ranks to prevent ‘video witnesses’ to their ongoing brutalization of the man. However, footage does capture several cops hoisting him into the air by his handcuffed arms, while an officer appears to knee him in the head.

Alarmingly, despite a non-stop barrage of commands being shouted through a bullhorn at the water protectors, the man can be overheard screaming for help, and pleading with police to stop the beating.

“You dislocated my shoulder!” he screams in pain, “you dislocated my shoulder!”

Worse still, the man tells officers he’s a military veteran and is experiencing a panic attack — a condition exacerbated exponentially by the use of a spit hood.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, on scene that day, rebuffed witness questions as to whether the spit mask was akin to “hooding,” which violates international law, saying it was a “valid spit hood.”

While they pummel the veteran on the ground near the patrol SUV, Unicorn Riot reported, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies can be heard saying “stop resisting” and “stop reaching for my gun” — ‘catchall’ phrases law enforcement typically spout when making a contentious arrest, usually, it would seem, to provide an excuse for excessive force a court might later deem unjustified.

A solid ‘blue’ wall of additional officers encircles the skirmish on the ground and all of the activists on scene are threatened with arrest — though none of them are doing anything illegal and obviously aren’t interfering with the arrest.

In fact, the veteran repeatedly yells during the attack that he ‘didn’t do anything’ wrong, saying,

“I just picked a flower!”

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Unicorn Riot spoke with multiple witnesses who backed up that claim, saying officers brutally arrested the man after he picked a flower and offered it to Sheriff’s deputies.

After the questionable and particularly merciless arrest of the flower-bearing veteran, demonstrators continued their peaceful march to multiple locations, including a federal courthouse where they demanded President Obama take decisive and swift action to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to multiple unconfirmed reports, Unicorn Riot published their report and uploaded video of the bloody arrest the same day the incident occurred, but footage has yet to circulate because, as many people noted, Facebook appeared to flag the footage as either inappropriate or spam.

Displays of excessive and frequently inexplicable force have been perpetrated against the largely peaceful water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters for several months. The Army Corps of Engineers recently shelved a decision to grant Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate of companies responsible for pipeline construction, the necessary easement to drill under the Missouri River.

But the already white-hot controversy over Dakota Access could explode in the near future — the National Guard announced plans to send additional troops to the area in coming days.

As Standing Rock Sioux and other Indigenous water protectors dig in their heels and prepare for a bitter winter, ETP obstinately refused to reroute Dakota Access to accommodate the rights of Native Americans.

With both sides standing firm and Obama’s White House tenure drawing to a close, the future of the Dakota Access Pipeline — and the fate of the water the Standing Rock Sioux promise to protect — remain completely up in the air.

  • A Veteran mean nothing to abusive cops. You are just another piece of scum to them. When they beat the hell out of a vet for offering them a flower, that should tell you some of these cops are Domestic Terrorists with a badge

    • idagunn

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      • HellGato

        Fuck you and your spam.. if you don’t have something to say about this topic fuck off

        • John Cokos

          Her last paycheck was earned while she was on her back…..

    • Paschn

      Even more telling, upwards of 50% of those Israeli-trained
      swine are former military. Think about that for a moment. The kosher
      media trumpets ad nauseum about “our boys” and what saintly
      beings they are for “defending our constitution/home/mom and apple
      pie”, (forgetting the fellow MALE troops they rape more so than

      Then, these little saints wander home, join L.E., absorb Israeli tactics, hit the streets to beat/shoot/kill us with near complete impunity, wipe their foul asses
      with our constitution DAILY. Has it sunk in to your minds yet that we have tens of thousands of this filth who think so little of our constitution/bill of rights and just plain common decency they will annihilate us if some worm gives the order? What the hell sort of training are they being given? Perhaps it’s time we revoked those
      contracts and put some of our own to work? Ditto with our ports/airports etc.

      • John Cokos

        Right on with that observation. The Flash Mob with badges were most likely the product of GILEE: Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.


        The local PD’s send their upper management there at YOUR expense to train in Israeli para-military tactics and use the RESULT’S (This Video) to refine their tactics against the Palestinians and anyone elese who get in their way.
        What’s really disturbing is the excessive presence and response to a non-event for the most part…

  • Jim Barclay

    keep him safe? didn’t work you beat the shit out of him.

  • James Latham

    These cops claim they know the law. The only law they follow is being thugs and violating people rights. Getting to be Nazi Germany every day in this country.

    • Paschn

      “The only law they follow is being thugs and violating people rights.” Spot on. But more like Bolshevik Jew Soviet Union.

      We’ve all been getting “Propaganda News” via the kosher media. Where the Jew Jacob Schiff funded the Bolshevik Jew slaughter – (with complete impunity by a kosher co-opted government), the Jew Soros et al is funding these radical idiots – (again, with complete impunity by a kosher co-opted government)


      “The United States was not in the war at that time. We were fresh; we were young; we were rich; we were powerful. They [Zionists] told England: “We will guarantee to bring the United States into the war as your ally, to fight with you on your side, if you will promise us Palestine after you win the war.”
      Excerpt from;


      Don’t allow yourself to be duped by human stains the likes of “bill….”. who has the most purely fabricated bullshit as to whom the “Bolsheviks” were and are. Too contrived to be a simple result of idiocy, he has to be spewing scripted horseshit. No one could be that clinically stupid and be able to feed/clothe themselves.

  • queenvictrola

    These cops are trained to oppose their own inner empathy. Don’t be surprised if they’ve been trained in Israel in how to treat American “Palestinians” our first nations brothers and sisters. Hey, maybe they are clones which are grown without souls.

  • Phil Freeman

    Close your bank accounts that are financing the pipline.

    • Paschn

      Careful, The dual citizen owned/operated DHS will label you a “domestic terrorist” and send their little “bill….” – like Neo Bolsheviks to confiscate your assets, (Bolshevik Jew “collectivism”), dub you a “radical” and blow you and yours away out of “concern” for their safety”.

  • Anon

    The Veteran in question did not pick a flower he took it from a store display and threw it at one of the cops. Its weird how people who are not here and not from here are getting the story so wrong. I live here in bismarck and my life has been horiblly upset because of all of the protesters. Our crime rate has tripled ever since this dapl started. Hell I used to work at Prairie Knights Casino for two years and now I cant even drive down there anymore. My neighborhood is unsafe because of these “peaceful protesters”
    The video is from our main downtown drag, from 4th street to 5th street. Its horrible what you people are doing to our small town community.

    • Ronnie Wrenchbiscuit

      Why don’t you go back to Europe? Isn’t that where your people came from? maybe you would like it there better.

    • Paschn

      I believe they call it a “wake up call”. From what I’ve seen of trolls/sycophants in Sewer Nation, I get the feeling your problems are being caused by the same type of bottom feeders that infiltrated our demonstrations 50 years ago. Commonly referred to as “provocateurs”. You see, L.E. here in Sewer nation was rife with lepers even then. Little fat-butt young cops looking to “service” their bosses for a pat-on-the-head and a promotion. The kosher media has done such a complete job of ruining not only this country but the very fiber of it’s culture. Nothing is as it seems. In fact and theory Sewer nation has become a real-live “Bizarro World”, but don’t look for a superman to come and fight for “truth, justice and the American way”. He lobbies for AIPAC and owns stock in the Central Banks. Our legislative/executive/judicial branches? They carry little bags with knee pads and tissue to “service” their masters and implement Noahide law;


    • thinkingforyourself

      these people dont actually care about anything, theyre far too full of themselves.

    • JdL

      OMG, he threw an “assault flower” at the poor terrified cops? Beat and kill him then! What does it feel like to be a complete and total government butt kisser?

    • George Reichel

      Do you drink water?

  • thinkingforyourself

    most of these cops are ex military themselves, and its so funny to listen to a “veteran” who wants to face off with cops, start crying and squealing like a baby the minute he has hands laid on him, is that what he did in combat, or is he just playing it up for the cameras?

    • John Cokos

      You are simple minded and prone to over simplification. Everything he did was necessary to document in real time for the record what was transpiring.

  • Geezer Grunt

    I guess this situation doesn’t seem (“FAMILIAR”)! to the young (same as stupid), crowd here. I was spit on 45 years ago for what I believed in. Nothing has changed for the young and clueless. Same shit, similar situation, nothing learned.

  • George Reichel

    Israelification of American police

  • OvidiuGOA

    Protect and serve =)))

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    This is the reality of today’s Amerika. Our police are being trained by Israeli cops — the same people who daily brutalize Palestinians in the Israeli apartheid regime. Their tactics are now becoming the tactics of Amerikan police. Fascism is already here. It will spread — quickly or slowly — until anyone daring to engage in political dissent will face Israeli-style “justice.”