With phones and drones, capturing Standing Rock images the public was never supposed to see
“If you do not like what you’re seeing, please share it,” Kevin Gilbert says, narrating a video he filmed with his phone and broadcast live on Facebook. It turns out that many people didn’t like what they saw the night of November 20, when activists trying to remove a barricade near the Dakota Access Pipeline's contested site on Highway 1806 were met with water cannons wielded by law enforcement officers.
Gilbert's footage alone was shared hundreds of thousands of times -- by protesters, by news media, by the webpage of U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders -- racking up 3.9 million views.
"I felt like that was my role, to help the world see what was really happening, because every story you saw in the mainstream press was about violent protesters," Gilbert tells ConsumerAffairs.