Law Enforcement: Won’t Rule Out Using Water on DAPL Protesters Again

Authorities say the use of water spray in below-freezing temperatures against Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters was necessary.

They won’t rule out doing it again.

Authorities used the tactic during a skirmish with protesters overnight in Morton County.

The sheriff says authorities used fire hoses to repel aggressive protesters who were throwing objects including rocks, asphalt and water bottles at officers.

One officer was hit in the head.

“This is not going to be solved out here on the road between clashes between protesters and law enforcement,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “There are other ways that this here needs to be resolved as we go through this.”

A spokeperson with the Indigenous Environmental Network says at least 17 protesters were taken to hospitals, some with hypothermia.

The states senators are calling on the president to issue the easement to finish the pipeline.

There is also a call for the Department of Homeland Security to provide more resources.

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