Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cops blame #DAPL protesters for injury that may cost woman her arm

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota have reached a new, unfortunate level.

From the Guardian:
Sophia Wilansky, an environmental activist from New York, was hospitalized in Minneapolis where surgeons are attempting to repair a severe injury to her left arm that destroyed arteries, nerves, muscle, soft tissue and bone, according to her father. She remains at risk of amputation, and if the arm is salvaged, it will probably have very limited functionality.

Wayne Wilansky, her father, contends that the injury was caused by an exploding concussion grenade thrown by law enforcement, who also deployed teargas, rubber bullets and a water cannon on protesters during a tense standoff on a bridge Sunday night.

But North Dakota law enforcement officers have aggressively countered Wilansky’s account, releasing multiple statements accusing protesters of setting off an explosion.

Lieutenant Tom Iverson of the North Dakota highway patrol said that two men and a woman were standing near a burned vehicle on the bridge around 3am when "it became obvious that they were tampering with the vehicle or planting a device." The highway patrol said the explosion occurred after other protesters rolled "metallic cylinder objects" toward the three near the car, and that the female protester was pulled from under the vehicle before the group "fled the scene."
Some of the Standing Rock Sioux want the protesters to go home.

From CNN last month:
No one makes this clearer than Robert Fool Bear Sr., 54, district chairman of Cannon Ball. The town he runs, estimated population of 840, is just a few miles from the action. It's so close that, given the faceoffs with law enforcement, you have to pass through a police checkpoint to reach it.

It's about time people heard from folks like him, he says.

Fool Bear has had it with the protesters. He says that more than two years ago, when members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe could have attended hearings to make their concerns known, they didn't care. Now, suddenly, the crowds are out of control, and he fears it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. [Emphasis mine.]

Go down to the camps, he says, and you won't see many Standing Rock Sioux.
Winters are brutal in North Dakota, mother nature should solve the problem of these out of control protesters very soon.

No comments: