Earlier this week, protesters at Standing Rock attempted to cross a creak that separates the Native encampment from Dakota Access Pipeline Construction. Their desire was to hold a prayer ceremony on the bank closer to the burial site of their ancestors. In response, police responded with what many are calling “brutal force”.
The protesters faced 60 armed police officers and 3 police boats. Police used mace, rubber bullets, and bean bags to subdue the already peaceful crowd and keep them off shore. Despite the sever conditions, many stayed in the water praying to their ancestors for help.