Here’s one of the plaques, given to the sheriff’s office in Lafourche Parish, LA:
The Morton Country, ND, Sheriff’s Office didn’t beat, harass, and arrestthe activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline all by themselves. They had help from officers across America who answered a call from the National Sheriff’s Association to come north and help crush the Standing Rock protests.
Now, nearly one year after the protests came to a fiery conclusion, those officers are getting custom thank you plaques for their “help.”
For reference, let’s run down just some of the things the Morton Country Sheriff’s Department is thanking their peers for:
- A sweeping raid which featured sonic cannons, bean bag guns, and pepper spray, and resulted in more than 140 arrests in a single day.
- Shooting a journalist with a rubber bullet for no reason.
- Allegedly injuring a 21-year old-activist, to the point where she may lose her arm entirely.
- Blasting protesters with water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures.
- Helping generally ensure the construction of a potentially environmentally catastrophic oil pipeline alongside sacred Native American lands.
BY: Rafi Schwartz