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Video: 40 Cops With Riot Gear, Armored Vehicle and LRAD Swarm 5 Praying Native Americans at DAPL

Cannon Ball, ND – Over the past several weeks, the police state has come out in full force as Native Americans fight to protect their water sources from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Mainstream media remained largely silent as federal, state and local authorities worked on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners to squash dissent.

Even prominent journalists found themselves targets of the State, charged with dubious “crimes” such as “inciting a riot” and “conspiracy to theft of services” – for doing nothing more than filming protests and the ensuing violent crackdowns.

The First Amendment is no obstacle when it comes to advancing the interests of the corporatocracy.

This was put on display again on October 15 when five Native American Water Protectors left a protest near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to pray on the shoulder of a public road.

In response to this peaceful behavior, 40 cops from at least eight departments in three different states – complete with riot gear, automatic rifles, an armored vehicle and even an LRAD acoustic weapon – swarmed the five praying, unarmed Native Americans.

Video taken at the scene shows the police presence swell as the prayer continued, with one officer approaching the group, telling them they had five minutes to stop praying and leave before they were arrested for “unlawful protest.”

The law was broken by 40 officers,” said Water Protector Makoons, “including freedom of religion, and speech.

“North Dakota police departments present were; North Dakota Fish and Game, Grand Forks Police Department, Stark County, North Dakota State Parks, Williams County, and Minot Police Department. Dane County, WI, and Quinn County, SD were also present. More departments may have been present.”

Fortunately, the praying activists were able to leave unharmed by the gang of State agents poised for violence. The militaristic presence is a stark reminder of the modern-day response to the exercising of First Amendment rights. Just as protests in Ferguson and elsewhere against police brutality were met with warlike oppression, Native American protests against threats to their natural resources are treated the same.

“Water Protectors are working to stop the completion of the Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline which goes under the Missouri and Mississippi River and over the Ogallala Aquifer. Water Protectors have taken up camp just inside and outside of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, ND. The Missouri is the reservations primary source of drinking water.

Over 100 Water Protectors, journalists, and legal observers have been arrested in recent weeks on charges ranging from inciting a riot to trespass. Journalist Amy Goodman from NPR has been charged with inciting a riot for her coverage private security dogs attacking water protectors. Emmy winning documentary film producer Deia Schlosberg was arrested on 3 felony charges and is facing 45 years in prison.”

Native American protesters have legitimate cause to be concerned for their natural resources, as we previously reported that pipelines have spilled 7 million gallons of crude oil in the U.S. since 2010, with “the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines” increasing by almost 60 percent. Although pipeline spills are less frequent than spills by truck or train, they have spilled three times as much crude oil over an eight-year period.

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Even if the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed, the size and intensity of the opposition has certainly been a surprise to the governments and corporations poised to reap massive profits.

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    I salute the bravery and poise of these beautiful brothers!

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  • palvadore

    American soldiers, under orders from George Washington slaugtered thousands of Indians.

    American soldiers, murdered hundreds of unarmed men, women, and children holding hands (and praying to OUR God) at the base of a US Flag.

    The Federal government once made it ILLEGAL for Indians to dance! I kid you not. The government was so afraid of the potential of their enemy they outlawed the Indians speaking their native language and criminalized the Ghost dance!

    • Guy

      They also encouraged the slaughter of the American Buffalo, to dry up the Indian food source. Gave them disease they had no tolerance for, and killed as many as they could find, to force them off the land, for the Western Expansion !
      Exactly the same system was used in Hawaii to force the native people off there land for the sugar cane fields and developments of White Farmers land sales !

      If the Government din’t kill you, then the Priest that followed finished the job, by making slaves of you. But of course you were baptized first, then forced into slavery to work the land.

      • tracy Smith

        Yes Yes the white race is a EVIL race.

        • Bezukhov

          And what should be done about that?

          • tracy Smith

            Extermination would be great.

          • Bezukhov

            You have neither the numbers nor the intelligence.

          • tracy Smith

            ALL plus you don’t know me from a pimple on your asss to say I’m not intelligent.

          • Bezukhov

            That was you was 2nd person, plural.

          • tracy Smith

            I couldn’t give a sh*t.

          • Bezukhov

            Well, you certainly couldn’t have given it a thought. I doubt you ever had one. That’s harsh. You did have a thought once. The poor thing died of loneliness.

          • tracy Smith

            Damn I see you’re one rambling mother f*cker.

          • Bezukhov

            Out of courtesy I like to respond quickly to those who comment on my wit and wisdom. One last bit of advice before I depart. If by some miracle you do have another thought or idea, treat them gently. They are, after all, in a very strange place.

        • Guy

          Not entirely true ! It should be, the human race is evil to the planet they inhabit !

          • Bezukhov

            You first, my good sir. May I suggest a very tall building for your self extermination? Don’t worry, once you’re finished everyone else will follow.

    • Steve Rusk

      Don’t forget they also outlawed the Potlatch, that’s a practice capitalists don’t want the public to know about. When a tribal member acquired great wealth they shared it.

  • Ibcamn

    all cops are criminals.more proof…………………….hope all the prayers are answered

  • tracy Smith

    Amerikkkans are nothing but p*ssy assss thugs those white folks always overreact on everything when it’s people of color involved.