Turnabout Thursday

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Private security guards who deployed dogs on protesters at a North Dakota oil pipeline demonstration were not properly licensed and could face criminal charges, according to a local investigation.

The Native American-led protests of the Dakota access pipeline received national attention in September when officers allegedly pepper-sprayed activists while guard dogs attacked protesters in a confrontation that was caught on video by the news program Democracy Now!

On Wednesday, the Morton County sheriff’s office, which has been leading the police response to the demonstration and conducted mass arrests over the weekend, announced that it had investigated private guards working for the pipeline and determined that “dog handlers were not properly licensed to do security work in the state of North Dakota”.

The disclosure is significant at the continuing pipeline protest, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters say law enforcement officers have become increasingly aggressive and militarized, using excessive force against peaceful, unarmed activists and targeting journalists for arrest.

Leota Eastman Iron Cloud, a Native American activist from South Dakota who has been at the protests for months, told the Guardian by phone on Wednesday that she was present when private guards brought dogs and mace and went after demonstrators on 3 September.

“We are here in prayer, and they came for war,” she said, explaining that she continued protesting even after she was hit with pepper spray. “I can’t believe that people out there can actually do this to other human beings.”

@ TG

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15 Responses to Turnabout Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Finally this story has been picked up by a major media outlet.

    Of course American media is still silent on this YUGE ISSUE, exposing of the Fascist states’ underbelly. Since the MSM is bought and paid for by the Neo-Fascists, it is likely real reporting on this issue will remain offshore.

    Welcome to Logoland, we insist you follow our rules, please ignore that corporate entity behind the curtain.

  2. David B. Benson says:

    More drizzle. Seems this is the rainiest October ever over in Seattle.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Baked chili rellano not a winner.

  4. Den says:

    We have a leftover hurricane moving up from the South promising a good frog-chokin, trash-movin, gully washer rainstorm. I used my rubber boots two weeks ago, on standby again.

  5. David B. Benson says:

    Don’t believe everything you read.

  6. º¿carol says:

    The DVR is going to kill me, but I love it. I started recording a PBS show called “The Contenders.” Watched the one about Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson. I think there are 4 more in the queue. I learned more than I knew, or forgot that I knew about those two men back in the day. More-than-likely I missed most of it because I was busy living. I’ll enjoy the next ones, that’s for sure. I’m always ready to learn, and I love history.

  7. º¿carol says:

    I picked up “Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot” from the video store Tuesday. We watched it today. I loved it. Afghanistan and the journalists that congregated there. Quite a few chuckles, I got choked up a couple times, too. Supposedly based on a true story. I’m going to pass it on to Pete to watch. It stars Tina Fey.

  8. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the tenor senior recital. Andrew Turner has a fine, strong voice. The remarkable part is that he is an Afro-American studying classical music.

    Glad I went. The Flower Song, from the opera Carmen, was as well sung as I have heard in live performance, which is always better than via media.

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