Citing an “ongoing riot”, militarized police stationed at Standing Rock sprayed about 400 protesters with water cannons in freezing temperatures. Although the police call it a justified action, many are upset but what is they believe to be an over-reaction.
At about 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 20th, protesters attempted to remove some burned out vehicles that were blocking a bridge about a mile south of the current Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. Protesters claim the the blocked bridge makes it impossible for emergency services to reach the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and a nearby protest camp.
Police officers were also concerned because protesters had started to build fires near the bridge. Protesters, however, state they built the fires to keep themselves warm after being soaked. Protesters and police officers alike were facing 20 degree weather.