Published October 22, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — Some 300 land protectors faced police officers armed with assault weapons, pepper spray and batons as they continued their fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline three miles west of Highway 1806 in Morton County, North Dakota on Saturday.
83 were arrested.
Land protectors say the indiscriminate pepper spraying was unprovoked and have conducted themselves in non-violent fashion.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirhmeier called the demonstration a riot. Late Saturday he released this statement:
“Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful. It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities,” said Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.