Cleanup resumes at DAPL protest camp after demonstrators cleared from area

Published: Feb. 23, 2017 at 4:46 PM CST
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Removing protesters from the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp is now complete after Wednesday's eviction deadline, and Thursday brought more arrests.

Forty-seven people have been taken into custody since Wednesday for trespass and other charges.

Law enforcement says cleanup at the camp is now underway. They say 20 to 30 protesters were still at the camp Thursday afternoon, but it is now completely cleared.

Leuitenant Tom Iverson says cleanup crews entered the camp early Thursday morning with officers.

Iverson says no protesters or officers were injured in the evacuation Thursday, and no less than lethal ammunition was used.

He says operations went smoothly today, except for the fact that they were forced to make more arrests.

"We saw a lot of that. Officers having to carry them. And why they do that? I guess I don't know. Tat's their own prerogative, and it's a little bit silly to engage in that, but at least they were not violent towards the officers," says Iverson.

Iverson says law enforcement will stay in the camp area to maintain safety. The Backwater Bridge will remain closed until the area is secure.

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