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Protesters now identifying, harassing family members of law enforcement

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Michael Giron, from California, is arrested by law enforcement as he was leading a procession of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters at one of the Wells Fargo Bank branches in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Ongoing protests of the four-state, $3.8 million pipeline in southern North Dakota have "significantly strained" law enforcement and the state Highway Patrol, which provides security at the state Capitol, Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson said. (Mike Mccleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
Michael Giron, from California, is arrested by law enforcement as he was leading a procession of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters at one of the Wells Fargo Bank branches in Bismarck, N.D. North Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Ongoing protests of the four-state, $3.8 million pipeline in southern North Dakota have “significantly strained” law enforcement and the state Highway Patrol, which provides security at the state Capitol, Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson said. (Mike Mccleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from North Dakota have been deployed to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in recent months, and now many of them are reportedly being harassed.

The Morton County sheriff’s office told WDAY that protesters have been harassing officers –following them and taking photos of them. More recently, however, their families have become targets of harassment too.

Protesters are reportedly publicizing the personal information of officers—their home addresses, and the names of their spouses and children

Sgt. Tim Bruggeman with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office says, it’s one thing to have to deal with this as a cop, but to put your family members at risk is extremely intimidating.

“It is fearful that when you sign up to be a cop, you know the risks, and families are supportive of it, but they did not sign up to be harassed or come home from the grocery store with a couple of children and someone is standing at the front door because your address is posted.”

But law enforcement officials say they won’t be deterred by this tactic, known as “doxing.” Deputies from around the state have been on ‘rotating tours’ out to the pipeline protests since August and will continue doing so until they have to.

The oil pipeline was approved in July and its route is expected to run through four states. The Army Corps of Engineers has indicated that it would be allowed to run under the Missouri River, close to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation. Hundreds of Native Americans from across the country have set up a camp near the construction site in south-central North Dakota. The group is finding a willing ally in environmental groups. Protesters worry that the pipeline could disturb sacred sites and affect the reservation’s drinking water.

The company building it says the pipeline could carry more than half of the state’s daily crude production. Officials with the North Dakota Petroleum Council say state-of-the-art equipment will monitor the pipeline—which is a big part of the nation’s energy strategy to deliver cheap oil.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So those upstanding and heroic officers who shoot rubber bullets at the protesters, mace people indiscriminately and use water cannons in freezing temperatures do not want their families to know of their heroic deeds? How about the use of attack dogs?
    And all that against peaceful unarmed protesters.
    Those “heroes” showed more restraint when they dealt with the armed (!) Bundy militia.

    • John J, Those officers are enforcing the law. The protesters are NOT peaceful when trespassing and setting equipment on fire. With your logic it would be just fine to go to the protesters homes and harrass the families living there. The time to protest was during the planning stage, not when the pipeline is nearing completion. Leave the officer’s families alone!

  2. I saw this article posted two posts from a meme with police officers saying “My favorite part about working Thanksgiving is all the people with warrants being at their parents address”.

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