Federal Judge Rejects Request for Injunction in #NoDAPL Lawsuit Against Morton County

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Federal Judge Daniel Hovland today rejected a request for an injunction against North Dakota  law enforcement filed by attorneys representing #NoDAPL protesters allegedly injured during rioting last month.

SAB readers will remember that the pro-Castro National Lawyer’s Guild filed a class action lawsuit against Morton County, and Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, for allegedly using excessive force against #NoDAPL rioters. As a part of that suit they had requested that Judge Hovland enjoin law enforcement from using non-lethal crowd control tools like tear gas and stun grenades.

But the rejection of the request wasn’t based on the facts. Hovland didn’t even get that far. He rejected the request because the lawyers for the protesters didn’t follow the rules.

An excerpt:

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You can read the full order below.

I’m sure that the lawyers pursuing this aren’t all that worried about their request being denied. As I mentioned previously, the goal here isn’t a legal victory. The goal here is narrative. Specifically headlines convenient for the narrative pushed by protesters which is that law enforcement are violent aggressors targeting the #NoDAPL movement.

Which, of course, is entirely bogus.

The other goal is taxing the resources of the State of North Dakota by opening as many fronts – from violent protests to legal warfare – as possible.

Here’s the full order.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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