Militarized North Dakota Police Defend Pipeline Against Unarmed Water Protectors

police-dapl-urBy Derrick Broze

On Wednesday, 21 water protectors were arrested by dozens of police in riot gear armed with shotguns and armored vehicles as tensions escalated in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Relations between water protectors with the Standing Rock Sioux and the police hired to protect the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) deteriorated on Wednesday after police showed up dressed for a riot. A caravan of hundreds of water protectors were attempting to hold ceremony and pray for the end of the pipeline at two different sites of construction when police began surrounding them. The water protectors with the Red Warrior Camp and Sacred Stone Camp oppose the pipeline because of environmental dangers, as well as threats to indigenous sacred sites.

“Roughly 150 peaceful Water Protectors gathered for prayer near construction sites of the Dakota Access Pipeline 15 miles south of Mandan off Highway 6 and were met with a heavy show of force by authorities,” reads a post from the Sacred Stone Camp’s Facebook. “There were 3 airplanes, 2 helicopters, 2 militarized vehicles (with LRAD) and personnel armed with shotguns and assault rifles. All this was deployed on people praying.”

Water Protectors Pray at Construction Site, Met With Police Armor and Automatic Weapons from Unicorn Riot on Vimeo.

Unicorn Riot reports that the caravan successfully prayed at one of the sites of construction for about an hour before heading to the second site. After praying for around 40 minutes at the second site the protectors began to leave when a large contingent of police vehicles blocked the only exit from the DAPL work site. The police arrived with shotguns in hand driving a Bearcat armored vehicle and an Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Protectors continuously told the officers they were unarmed and peaceful. The police spread throughout the field and made 21 arrests.

Police told Valley News that arrests were made for criminal trespass on private property, possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest. The officers also said that one person was arrested for charging at an officer while on a horse. This brings the total arrests to 95 since the beginning of the fight against the DAPL.

“Despite the accusations by the police that there ‘were shots fired’ at todays ceremonies and actions, we stand united that this was a peaceful act of prayer for our Water and our Lands,” the Red Warrior Camp posted on Facebook.

Wednesday’s militarized response from the police follows actions on Tuesday where over 100 water protectors from the Red Warrior, Oceti Sakowin, and Sacred Stone camps successfully stopped construction at the site for the day. This was also the first appearance of the Bearcat militarized vehicle. It seems obvious that the authorities are perfectly happy to initiate a violent, militarized response in the face of peaceful, prayerful action.  Stand strong, brothers and sisters. The movement against the destruction of this planet continues to grow. Stay in a peaceful way and the resistance will prevail.

Stay tuned to Activist Post for more details on this developing situation. 

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for and the founder of the Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

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33 Comments on "Militarized North Dakota Police Defend Pipeline Against Unarmed Water Protectors"

  1. freewheelinfranklin543 | September 29, 2016 at 11:12 am | Reply

    Read, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. The US government is treating the whole world the way they did and do tribal people. Total genocidal maniacs run the district of criminals!



  3. When you find out that there’s a plethora of international banks & banksters $$$… all representing the Pipe Line consortium for profiteerring…we are in fact seeing the Globalist / Corporatist muscle being flexed & blatantly usurping the sovereign rights of the indigenous peoples & US citizens that are living on the last vestiges of their ancestral lands…This is what ‘s coming with the TTIP etc etc (whatever odious moniker they attach)fascist corporatist global hegemony (Agenda 21/30)to usurp all sovereign countries constitutions et al & their elected governments…all because we are interrupting their potential profits…sheer audacious heavy-handed hubris & chutzpah…& of course backed by the mercenary ‘knuckle-dragging’ Praetorian Guards of the 0.01%

  4. These “enforcers” will soon be losing their homes (and guns) to Agenda 21. Then they’ll suddenly have solidarity with those they are assaulting today.

    • No they won’t they’ll be the enforcers for the New World Order, they won’t lose anything because they are enforcing the system. THEY will have the guns, and will have homes because THEY obey. Agenda 21 has to be enforced by someone, the elites rarely get their hands dirty and are too few. They’ll be the elites guard dogs.

  5. The militarized police protection of capital.

  6. Is there a go fund me account to donate for bail money & lawyers for these guys?

  7. Apparently the cops do not get the oath they all took.

  8. Corrupt state government politicians take bribes to sell off private land. Sic Semper Tyrannis !

  9. It’s past time that the Sioux and the other tribes Sued the US Government in INTERNATIONAL COURT for breaking all the treaties that they did throughout the years

  10. America,where are you now?We can’t fight alone the monster.

  11. Forget the word against the monster

  12. Surround the “camps” of these terrorists and starve them into submission and surrender. Then let them stumble on back to the their reservation ghettos to do what they do best- drink their firewater and worship their bugs and rocks.

  13. Taking care of business! | October 1, 2016 at 1:46 am | Reply

    Another unwarranted intrusion by the Obama Gestapo! Sieg heil, sieg heil, sieg heil, mein Führer!

    • You DO know that the police and National Guard were sent in by the Republican Governor, don’t you? OF COURSE YOU DON’T . THAT would be too inconvenient for your rhetoric.

      • Taking care of business! | October 2, 2016 at 4:00 am | Reply

        And who inspired them to do such?! It was NWO Barry! And what about those Federal Government purchased armored vehicles, know all? And, jackass, how do you come about assuming I don’t know who sent them and damning me for said? You are the quintessential sheeple.You may have offered benefit to some by your first sentence. As to the last, you’ve immersed yourself in buffoonery, spewing tripe!

        • You feckless little dweeb. I DIDN’T ASSUME ANYTHING. YOU are the name calling child. How is that “damning”? Assumption seems to be a proclivity of yours. An intelligent person wouldn’t have made ANY Federal connection or brought Obama into the discussion IF you knew how the North Dakota National Guard was called to the scene. You ALSO seem to NOT have a clue about how the POLICE vehicles are acquired. The “Government” didn’t buy them for the cops. As to your last comment, intelligent people understand that you don’t have a debatable position and your churlish name calling is indicative of your ego and not your research of fact.

      • And, genius, it’s spelled “Seig”.

  14. I remember Obama touting that he was a stronger supporter for native Americans than any other president in history. He even received the Walking Eagle award! When asked what the award represented to the Indian people, Chief Straight Talk said “The bird is so full of sh-t it can’t fly.”

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