The Morton Sheriff’s Office responded to protesters being chained to construction equipment at the DAPL blockage.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
September 6, 2016
Sacred Stone Camp in Cannon Ball, N. Dakota – The Morton County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reported that deputies responded to a call that about 350 Native Americans (water protectors) protesting the DAPL crude pipeline construction at Highway 6 and County Road 135 near the Sacred Stone Camp had broken a wire fence and gathered at the heavy equipment and vandalized it. The MCSO says, no construction by DAPL was being done on Tuesday. No arrests were reported by the MCSO.
The vandalism was reported as water protectors including Dr. Jill Stein, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party had sprayed a blade of a DAPL bulldozer. KX News posted a video on the Facebook showing Stein spraying a bulldozer blade. Morton deputies remained nearby the scene, but no arrests were made.
Last Saturday, DAPL construction workers using bulldozers plowed through sacred historical markers and graves igniting a confrontation between DAPL hired security guards who attacked Native Americans with vicious dogs and pepper spray. At least 6 water protectors including a child were bitten by the dogs and 30 others were maced. Four security guards and 2 dogs were injured, according to the MCSO.
A federal judge had issued a temporary restraining order stopping construction for the eastside of Highway 1806, but DAPL construction workers located on the westside weren’t restricted, since it didn’t prevent them from continuing to clear an area where historical burial markers and graves were destroyed sparking for nearby protesters to confront them and stop further destruction of sacred burial grounds.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe released the following statement after a federal court denied a temporary restraining order on Tuesday for the DAPL to stop construction west of the Lake Oahe. “Today’s denial of a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) west of Lake Oahe puts my people’s sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration.
“We are disappointed that the U.S. District Court’s decision doesn’t prevent DAPL from destroying our sacred sites as we await a ruling on our original motion to stop construction of the pipeline,” said David Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
DAPL is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and the CEO is Kelcy L. Warren. The ETP networth is $1.7B.
A change.org petition has been started to recall Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier for being bias and lying to favor DAPL. The recall petition states, “We are calling for the removal of Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, of the Morton county sheriff’s office, North Dakota and calling for an ethics investigation into this office. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, has displayed gross neglect of duties in his failure to protect North Dakotans from vicious dog attacks, has failed to bring justice and criminal charges against the agressors, has displayed public bias on facebook and news media interviews, has lied to the public and withheld vital information from North Dakotans, in order to further the agenda of the Dakota access LLC and parent company Energy Transfer Crude Oil company LLC. The Victims of the attack deserve justice, we the people deserve the truth and we need to let our elected officials know, loud and clear that their is no room for this in Legendary North Dakota.”
News video: Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein sprayed a blade of a DAPL bulldozer at protest site http://bit.ly/2ci2WGw
Video: Jill Stein speaks at the DAPL front line http://bit.ly/2cz9JcE
Update: The ACLU in N. Dakota warned Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) and Morton County Sheriff Kirchmeier about taking action to violate the rights of Native Americans to protest and if they violated those rights, the ACLU will take legal action against the governor and sheriff. Sheriff Kirchmeier in a press conference confirmed that he is seeking criminal charges against Stein, the Green Party Presidential candidate for vandalism and trespassing. Kirchmeier who is accused of being bought by DAPL didn’t say, if any of the DAPL security guards who used vicious dogs to attack protesters would be criminally charged as well.
Both Dalrymple and Kirchmeier were caught making false claims against the protesters when social media videos showed that DAPL security guards attacked protesters with dogs after construction bulldozers destroyed sacred Native American burial sites and markers igniting a confrontation between water protectors and DAPL security.