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Mary Annette Pember: Police crack down on #NoDAPL protectors





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Posted by Wica Agli on Friday, September 30, 2016

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Law enforcement authorities in North Dakota are ramping up their activities as the #NoDAPL movement continues to grow. Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember reports on some of the heavy-handed tactics that have resulted in the wrongful arrests of activists like Greg Grey Cloud:
Water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota may be covering their faces with good reason—to keep from being identified by the increasingly militarized police, who are using facial-recognition technology to spot people so they can press charges.

But the technology isn’t foolproof, as Greg Grey Cloud of the Crow Creek Tribe in South Dakota can attest. He was arrested on September 28 after voluntarily surrendering himself to North Dakota State investigators at the Morton County jail. He traveled to North Dakota from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest alleging that he had committed criminal trespass during the now famous September 3 confrontation between DAPL security guards and their dogs, and the water protectors opposing the pipeline.

Although Grey Cloud, a well-known activist and co-founder of Wica Agli, a traditional Lakota men’s society created to protect and support women, has traveled to Cannon Ball and visited the water protector camps, he was in Rosebud at a family barbecue when the September 3 action took place.

Lindsay Wold, special agent with the North Dakota bureau of criminal investigation, issued the warrant based on surveillance video footage. Grey Cloud and his attorney, however, were surprised to learn that the warrant contained a “no bond” stipulation requiring Grey Cloud to remain in jail overnight until his case could go before the judge later the next day.

“I think they are targeting Indians unfairly,” he said.

Read More:
Mary Annette Pember: Militarization and Mistaken Identity: Police Crack Down on DAPL Protectors (Indian Country Today 10/7)

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