Filings: Pipeline opponents allegedly threatened officials
January 17, 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police allege in court filings that opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline made threats against officers and public officials in North Dakota last year, prompting additional security for the state's governor.
The filings are part of a lawsuit filed in November by pipeline protesters who accuse police of excessive force in a Nov. 20 clash over a blockaded bridge. Opponents of the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois have long maintained they've been mistreated by law enforcement, and allege in the lawsuit that more than 200 protesters were injured in the bridge clash.
That number previously had been disputed by officials, who used tear gas, rubber bullets and water hoses on protesters who they say assaulted officers with rocks and burning logs.