BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota officials are calling out the federal government for what they say is a lack of involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
In a letter, dated Dec. 9, 12 local law enforcement leaders say that President Barack Obama has abandoned police on the ground, as well as the Bismarck-Mandan community.
“The federal government’s response to the events in our community has been appalling, and it is abundantly clear they have no interest in helping the citizens of North Dakota,” the letter states. “Frankly, our federal leaders should be ashamed of their lack of response to a dangerous crisis currently in progress on their own soil. Each day this lack of response continues only serves to empower criminal protesters and support lawlessness in the name of radical political agendas."
They also say that if the protests turn violent again, Washington will share some of the blame.