DAPL demonstrators deliver written message to Morton Co. Sheriff's Dept., saying department has violated state, national laws

Published: Sep. 30, 2016 at 5:18 PM CDT
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A group opposed to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline delivered a formal message Friday to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

About a dozen demonstrators hand-delivered a four-page document to the Law Enforcement Center in Mandan, stating the department has violated state and national laws.

Joye Braun read the statement aloud in front of the Morton County Law Enforcement Center. She says besides breaking laws, the department has also incited violence.

Braun says they're ignoring parts of North Dakota Century Code. The papers also included allegations that the sheriff's office is ignoring the Great Sioux Nation laws.

She hopes the public will realize that the sheriff's department has been spreading lies about protesters and using intimidation at what she considers peaceful rallies.

"If you're going to have an assault weapon pointed at your child when you're standing there praying on a public road or on the side of the road, yeah, there's going to be some people who are going to get really scared," says Braun.

Sheriff Kirchmeier hasn't responded to the allegations and is reviewing the document.