North Dakota pipe­line protest prompts over 80 ar­rests

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

More than 80 peo­ple protest­ing the Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line were ar­rested Satur­day dur­ing a demon­stra­tion that gath­ered about 300 peo­ple at a con­struc­tion site in North Dakota and prompted law en­force­ment of­fi­cers to use pep­per spray.

Mor­ton County sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman Rob Keller said au­thor­i­ties were called at 5:20 a.m. Satur­day to a pipe­line con­struc­tion site lo­cated about five miles from an area where pro­test­ers have been camp­ing out for weeks near the con­flu­ence of the Mis­souri and Can­non­ball rivers. The con­fronta­tion be­tween of­fi­cers and pro­test­ers lasted five hours.

The sher­iff’s of­fice re­leased a state­ment, say­ing of­fi­cers used pep­per spray when some pro­test­ers at­tempted to breach a line that law en­force­ment of­fi­cers had formed be­tween de­mon­stra­tors and con­struc­tion equip­ment. The state­ment said one protester at­tempted to grab an of­fi­cer’s pep­per spray can­is­ter, spray­ing the of­fi­cer in the face and blind­ing him for five min­utes.

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