Water Protector Who Disarmed DAPL Worker with AR-15 Faces Federal Charges

Brennon Nastacio protected man that pointed a loaded assault rifle at people in Standing Rock, North Dakota. The man, Kyle Thompson, who entered the camp claimed to be a water protector, was actually a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker.)

Published February 19, 2017

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – On October 27, 2016, a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker pointed a loaded assault rifle at water protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Brennon Nastacio peacefully de-escalated the situation. Now, he faces state and federal charges.

In December 2016, the state of North Dakota charged Nastacio with a Class C Felony for “terrorizing” Kyle Thompson, the DAPL worker with the loaded AR-15. The court date for this charge has been pushed back to March 2017.

While battling the state charge, Nastacio was notified of two additional federal charges: civil disorder and use of firearm to commit a federal crime.

Nastacio turned himself to the federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota on February 13, 2017. After reviewing a video of the state charge for “terrorizing” Kyle Thompson, the federal judge ridiculed Nastacio for his actions that day and refused to release him.

After three days in jail, on Feb 16th, the same judge declared he had sought advice on the case and he “was going against his better judgment” but, would grant Nastacio’s release on several conditions:

While awaiting trial, Nastacio has to live with ankle monitor, abide by a strict 10pm curfew and, not leave the city of Bismarck, North Dakota. Brennon is not from North Dakota, and while he has built a strong community during his six months with the water protectors at Standing Rock, his partner, his family, his friends, and his network of support all reside outside of North Dakota.

“I turned myself in again because I am innocent,” says Nastacio, “I have done nothing but act to save people’s lives. I am going to comply with all the restrictions the judge gave me and prove to him I am an asset to society.”

A trial date has not been set for Nastacio at this point for his federal court hearing. This means he will be living under these conditions indefinitely.

“The system is trying to make it impossible for me to succeed,” added Nastacio, “but I have been helped by supporters and with that, I will succeed. I am hoping my restrictions will be relaxed so I can go see my son graduate high school in June.”

Nastacio is accepting donations to help him cover the costs associated with his court battles. You can donate here:


He also asks that everyone who sees the injustice of these charges sign this petition asking the judges to drop all charges against him:


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