Author: Spencer Wells

Parallel Narratives of Standing Rock: North Camp

Hu Sakpe, a French national was raised in the American Indian Movement in the 1970s. He discussed the use of equipment used by law enforcement in a previous encounter between the water protectors and the authorities. The encounter took over the course of a day and a night to push them out of the encampent referred to as “North Camp”, in late Oct. sighted as the 27. or 28. by Sakpe.

Hu Sakpe states,“We were confronted with a full frontal military force.”

The encampment no longer exists after the confrontation. According to Sakpe the assault started at about 9:00 AM. Law enforcement arrived with two BEARCATs (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck). After that, rows of armed figures marched in. 80 water protectors linked arms around the camp, which was located near the highway. Law enforcement boxed the protector’s camp to enclose them. Law enforcement swung at the knees of water protectors with truncheons according to Sakpe. Sakpe described the use of a sonic cannon, rubber bullets, clubs, and large canisters of mace being wielded by law enforcement.

EXCLUSIVE: Training ‘preferable, but not required’ for out of state cops in Standing Rock

While the professionalism, training, and tactics of Morton County is being openly questioned after bystanders are shot with rubber bullets, tear gas canisters are lobbed with their spoons taped down, and water cannons are used in freezing temperatures, a team of journalism students on assignment in Standing Rock uncovers willingness on the part of the Morton County to field untrained officers.

The debut report from TFC’s newest team.