Standing Rock: Justice Dept. Will Not Send Federal Officers to Aid in Police Crackdown

15.12.2016 - Democracy Now!

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Standing Rock: Justice Dept. Will Not Send Federal Officers to Aid in Police Crackdown
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In news on Standing Rock, the Justice Department says it will not comply with North Dakota’s request to send 100 federal officers to aid in the ongoing police crackdown against Native American water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

The Justice Department has said, however, that it has given training and technical assistance to local law enforcement officers, who have been sued for excessive use of force, including firing rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and water cannons in freezing temperatures at the protectors, injuring hundreds of people.

 

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