Apart from their more active assaults against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department has also been waging a propaganda war. They have forwarded false statements, ostensibly from the self-proclaimed “
Many of the claims coming from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department have been debunked by eyewitnesses, but media outlets who have refused to send reporters to see for themselves, such as CNN, parrot the sheriff’s department’s statements, assuming that a report from police is invariably the same as the truth.
The Facebook page of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department was removed on November 25. On Thanksgiving, they posted a photo in honor of the various law enforcement officers who have come from all over the country to help put down the protests. The Sheriff’s Department also solicited donations, fitting, perhaps, considering hat they have depleted millions of dollars in funds in their efforts to suppress and attack the unarmed Dakota Access Pipeline
Reporters who travel to the site have not had an easy time of it. Democracy Now journalist Amy Goodman was arrested after reporting that private security guards hired by the pipeline were using dogs to attack some of the
In October, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release claiming
In addition to Goodman, several other journalists reporting from Standing Rock have been shot with rubber bullets and even arrested.
On November 20, the Morton County Sheriff Department issued a press release claiming
“At around 4:30 a.m. after the police hit the bridge with
A GoFundMe created on behalf of Wilansky to cover the medical expenses from the numerous surgeries she is facing to have a chance at saving her arm has reached nearly half a million dollars in donations.
The Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton interviewed an eyewitness who was with Sophia Wilansky when she was injured who reaffirmed Wilansky’s injuries were inflicted by the police.
Disinformation campaigns in regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline have been propagated by the oil companies behind the pipeline as well. This includes a Standing Rock “fact-checker” website and public relation efforts conducted by the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now. The latter has published Op-Eds in The Hill and the Washington Examiner, one of which claims, with no evidence, that the Standing Rock Sioux are protesting the pipeline just to get “easy money.” This is the same tribe who has refused to accept over $1 billion from the United States government for land that was stolen from them in the Black Hills because it was never for sale in the first place.
The ongoing efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock will go down in history as one of the most significant civil rights issues of our time. Hopefully the lessons learned from past civil rights battles will be addressed toward this issue before President Obama finds his legacy on the wrong side of history as the leader who could have done something but chose to do nothing.