More than 100 arrests as pipeline protesters moved

Police being clearing N. Dakota pipeline protest

Authorities say more than 100 people have been arrested during an operation to force Dakota Access pipeline protesters off private land.

Donnell Hushka, a spokeswoman for the Morton County, North Dakota, Sheriff's Department, says as of 8:15 p.m. Thursday there have been 117 protesters arrested.

She says Morton County will be using other jails to house people. She says those arrested for misdemeanors can bond out, but those facing felonies will have to be held for initial court appearances.

Hushka says the possessions of those arrested are being collected and protesters can identify the belongings and claim them later.

Charges are also pending against a woman who allegedly fired three shots at law officers during an operation to force Dakota Access pipeline protesters off private land.

State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says the woman was being placed under arrest when she pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired three times, narrowly missing a sheriff's deputy. Officers did not return fire.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly when the incident happened.

Law enforcement officers moved in on Thursday to evict protesters from a camp on private land owned by the pipeline developer. Several protesters were arrested.

© 2017 Associated Press


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment