CANNON BALL, N.D. — Law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray evicted protesters Thursday from private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, dramatically escalating a monthslong dispute over Native American rights and the project's environmental impact.Very briefly:
In an operation that took nearly six hours, hundreds of armed state and local police and National Guard — some on foot and others in trucks, military Humvees and buses — pushed past burning barricades to slowly envelop the camp.
At least 117 people were arrested. No serious injuries were reported, though one man was hurt in the leg and received treatment from a medic.
Among those arrested was a woman who pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired three times at officers, narrowly missing a sheriff's deputy, State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said. Officers did not return fire, she said.
- Cannon Ball, ND has to be one of my all-time favorite datelines.
- Note the words "private land" in the article -- that's the lede.
- Peaceful protesters don't fire .38-caliber pistols.
- Burning barricades is an odd way to protect the environment -- this image from the AP tells the tale:
|JAMES MACPHERSON – ASSOCIATED PRESS|
What I do know is the lefties on my social media feed are really angry about all this. This is a Holy Cause. So I guess we need to pay some attention.