WATCH: DOJ Must Investigate Use of Force Against #DAPL Resistance

AMY GOODMAN: For more on the escalating standoff at Standing Rock, we’re joined by the Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman, Dave Archambault. He’s asked the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the use of force against those resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.

Chairman Dave Archambault, thanks so much for joining us. What have you asked the DOJ, and what have they told you, as this heavily militarized police off—standoff against the Native Americans of your tribe and so many others?

DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: Thank you, Amy, for having me on here. You know, I approached the Department of Justice a couple days ago, because I knew that the North Dakota state was planning something. They deployed—the North Dakota Department of Human Services set up a pre-hospital tent near the camp. And that brought concern to me. That was telling me, sending me signals that, you know, this is going to get out of hand. So I asked the Department of Justice to step in and ask the state not to come forward with the raid. I also asked them to talk to the company, Dakota Access pipeline, and stop construction, cease construction. This is getting too out of hand.

And so, what they ended up coming back with was the state is ready to negotiate. The state is willing to sit down and talk to you. But the company was not willing to stop construction. They want to force their hand on everybody. And it’s pitting the protesters, protectors, demonstrators, up against law enforcement. And law enforcement is starting to use severe aggression, severe force on our members, on all of those who support us, who are there with us. And it’s unlawful.

Now, we are asking the Department of Justice to hold the state accountable. They knew this was going to happen. They knew it was coming forward. So did the company. They just keep pushing forward, and they box us into the corner, and they expect us to let it be.

And right now what we’re trying to do is protect water. That’s the whole thing, is just protect water. Why is that such a hard thing for the state understand? Why is it such a hard thing for the company to understand? We need to help the world realize what is going on here, and understand the importance of water and the treatment to our members, to our supporters, the unlawful treatment. If you ask yourself, “Who has the weapons? And who is praying? Who”—if you look at the videos, you’ll see people praying and singing, and then you’ll see militarized law enforcement with weapons. They’re the ones who have weapons. They’re the ones who are being aggressive. And they’re the ones who are causing harm. We had over 30 to 40 people with severe bruises, welts from rubber bullets, broken bones from the harsh treatment. It’s just not right.

AMY GOODMAN: And finally, very quickly, LRAD, the long-range acoustic device, the piercing sounds that make people sick; the armored vehicles, the MRAPs—where does the police department—where does the Morton County Sheriff’s Department get these military weapons?

DAVE ARCHAMBAULT II: You know, why can’t we have somebody come in and stop that and get some weapons out of their possession, get these weapons out of their possession? Because it’s unnecessary. We need some—we need the federal government to step in and start protecting us from the state officials. It’s uncalled for. And I don’t know where they get the weapons. I’m assuming the National Guard is doing it.

And we need—maybe it’s the U.N. that needs to step in to keep the peace, because the federal government, the United states, all we have to do is deny this easement, and this will all go away. Reroute this pipeline, and this will all go away. Save—protect our water, this will all go away. Deny the easement. President Obama needs to step up now, deny the easement. Hillary Clinton needs to make a firm statement about this and stop trying to ride the fence. We want people to have safe jobs, too, but we want them also to have safe drinking water. And for her to say that—we’ll let the union workers reroute this pipeline away from water, and we’ll protect them so they have safe jobs and everybody’s happy. All the politicians, all the people who get oil industry contributions for their campaigns, the economy, the national security, the energy independence will all be there. Just reroute this, deny the easement, and let’s put an end to this, once and for all.

AMY GOODMAN: Dave Archambault, we want to thank you for being with us, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We’re going to take a short 30-second break and then go to talk about Venezuela. Stay with us.

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One thought on “WATCH: DOJ Must Investigate Use of Force Against #DAPL Resistance”

  1. Folks, you fight a noble cause.

    But I see some of you poking your heads up and appealing to Obama and Clinton, the federal government and even the U.N. to come in and help / save you. That’s like asking the fox to guard the hen house. These people you are appealing to are in thick with those behind the pipeline in the first place – the banksters, the robber barons, globalists, main stream media, the education system, etc. DYR – Do Your Research.

    People have been propagandized, brainwashed, disempowered, literally poisoned physically, completely duped and that includes the American Indians.

    Time to wake up folks. Quit appealing to the Neo Cons and Neo Libs who are neither conservative nor liberal, they are authoritarian / totalitarian. Don’t know where that could land ya? Read George Orwell’s “1984” to get some clue about “Big Brother.” They don’t give a flying #*@% through a rolling donut about the planet, you or anyone else… no one and nothing but themselves. The people at the top of both parties have been part of the global cabal.

    Not every single politician is in cahoots with the cabal, but the federal government is for sure just swarming with cabal stooges. The higher the office, the more likely the candidate is “selected” and not elected. The reports of all the voter fraud coming out these days demonstrates how they have ways to negate what the people vote for. “You’ll know them by their fruits”… but you’ll have to wake up to what’s really going on in the world to tell who’s who.

    The global cabal is not the “white man’s” club it used to be. Sellouts to the cabal come in every shape and size. Hillary, a woman is cabal. Obama is a bi-racial, Muslim, Communist, homosexual with a transgender “wife” and they are cabal.

    George H.W. Bush came out recently with an ad endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. He said the Bushes and the Clintons have been friends for years. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise any of us who have known the truth for years. There’s been much talk over the years of the Bush-Clinton crime families and oligarchy. Are you paying attention?

    The global cabal is doing everything it can to bring down America now in an effort to usher in their one world government.

    Russell Means was aware of what was going on. See following youtube:

    Russell Means: Americans Are The New Indian

    He couldn’t possibly have covered all the bases / topics in these 90 minutes, but he’ll get ya started and does indeed touch on the many facets of control in this world. Time to wake up folks!

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