Amid all the other legal maneuvering by activist lawyers working on behalf of the #NoDAPL movement was a class action lawsuit filed against North Dakota law enforcement – Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier is the lead defendant – accusing them of civil rights violations by way of excessive force used against protesters.
Last month Judge Daniel Hovland, a federal judge for North Dakota, rejected a request for an injunction against law enforcement noting that the lawsuit was unlikely to succeed.
The #NoDAPL lawyers are appealing – one of the movement’s tactics is to drive up costs for taxpayers by litigating everything – but amid all the filings is an interesting document from the defense illustrating the threats and intimidation efforts aimed at law enforcement by the protesters.
It’s a harrowing read including death threats and efforts to target the homes and families of our cops.
All 41 pages are below. I must admit that I recognize some of the social media profiles documented from similar threats I’ve received over the last several months.
Meanwhile, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, calls the idea that law enforcement felt threatened “ludicrous” and suggested that the threats documented below were probably planted by the pipeline company:
Rachel Lederman, the San Francisco lawyer representing the protestors, told the Free Beacon that the idea that police felt threatened by social media threats is “ludicrous” and that none of the threats came from plaintiffs named in the lawsuit.
Lederman said that she has seen “zero evidence” suggesting that any threats came from individuals participating in the protest and indicated that many could have been false flags.
“I wouldn’t be surprised at all to find out that actually some of these supposed social media posts were made by Dakota Access employees,” Lederman said.
Thankfully, it seems as though the judge in this case is on to this sort of nonsense.
“The rights of free speech and assembly do not mean, and have never meant, that everyone who chooses to protest against the Dakota Access pipeline may do so at any time, any place, and under any set of conditions they choose in total disregard of the law,” Judge Hovland wrote in his ruling rejecting the plaintiff’s request for an injunction. “To allow that to occur would result in anarchy and an end to the rule of law in civilized society.”
The only people buying the idea that the #NoDAPL protests were peaceful, prayerful political demonstrations are the extremists who organized them and their sycophants.
Here’s the document:
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