Pipeline protesters angry with Hennepin County sheriff pack Minneapolis City Hall
Hundreds of people protesting construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline packed Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to voice their opposition to the deployment of about 30 Hennepin County sheriff’s personnel to Standing Rock in North Dakota.
Local American Indian leaders, state representatives and members of the faith community joined the protesters in front of the entrance to City Hall near the Metro Transit light-rail station. The four-state, thousand-mile pipeline is being built by a Texas company to carry North Dakota crude to a shipping point in Illinois, prompting protests led by members of the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., called on Minnesota protesters to lift their voices amid the blaring of the train horns warning them to stand back from the lines.