Scuffling, bonfires mark early stages of confrontation between officers, pipeline protesters
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. -- With construction continuing on the Dakota Access Pipeline, in view of protesters and law enforcement, the standoff between the groups escalated into confrontation Thursday, Oct. 27.
By 3:30 p.m., officers arrested 16 people at pipeline protest sites in Morton County. About 250 protesters congregated at the north “frontline” camp, and another 80 people, along with a dozen horses, were facing off with law enforcement at a bridge on County Road 134, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
At 4:40 p.m., protesters set fire to logs next to a pickup truck parked on the bridge and began to disperse. The pickup has tires and debris in its bed and protesters were warned not to smoke near it, presumably because it had flammable items onboard.