Dakota Access Pipeline protests: More than 300 injured, 13-year-old girl shot in the face

Fourth Estate Staff

Cannon Ball, ND, United States (4E) – The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have become violent after authorities reportedly used water cannons, tear gas, mace, concussion grenades, rubble bullets, and many more leading to more than 300 injured and a 13-year-old girl shot in the face.

According to reports, authorities used such forces in an attempt to clear Highway 1806. It was not stated if the 13-year-old girl was shot in the face with a rubber bullet or live ammunition. Medics on the scene were also deployed to help those injured. Initially, the head medic at the Oceti Sakowin camp said that 167 people were injured. Three of them are elders and seven had to be hospitalized.

One of the elders injured had a cardiac arrest that is why emergency medics performed CPR on the person. The person was resuscitated at the scene but is now in the hospital and remains to be under critical condition. Another emergency medic team reported that hundreds of the protestors went to the gymnasium at the Oceti Sakowin camp and most of them suffered from hypothermia and blunt trauma because the heads and the legs were targeted in the water cannon attacks.

Some also suffered from contamination from the tear gas used. Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth, and Sacred Stone Camp said in a joint statement, “Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds. National Lawyers Guild legal observers on the frontlines have confirmed that multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.”

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department on the other hand said that they are involved in an ongoing riot and claimed that the water cannon was for the fire that were started by the protesters. Officials have also maintained their barricade around the encampment.

The Dakota Access Pipeline problem is a growing issue.

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