Sen. Cory Booker Urges U.S. Justice Dept. to Intervene at Standing Rock

Barbed-wire fences coated with frozen water.

North Dakota police use brutal tactics on Sunday evening against water protectors. Native News Online photo by Lee Sprague.

Published November 26, 2016

Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)

Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)

WASHINGTON – On Friday, November 25, 2016, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Justice Department to intervene and send federal monitors to Standing Rock “to ensure protesters can peacefully assemble and exercise the First Amendment rights.”

Booker cited the reports of inappropriate police tactics waged against water protectors. Last Sunday night and early Monday morning North Dakota law enforcement shot rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons in frigid temperatures at some 400 water protectors on the Backwater Bridge, the site of a barricade on Highway 1806.

“I am deeply troubled by this tense situation, and particularly by reports indicating that law enforcement may be responding to peaceful protesters near Standing Rock with overly aggressive tactics,” Booker writes.

“We now stand at a critical moment in our Nation on police and community relations,” Booker continues.

Booker is seeking prompt attention on the situation.

See full version of Senator Booker’s letter bellow:

Sen. Cory Booker Letter to DOJ on Standing Rock by Senator Cory Booker on Scribd

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