MANDAN, N.D. - North Dakota's Attorney General and Governor both weighed in on Thursday's police action to clear out the Front Line Camp.
Governor Jack Dalrymple said law enforcement officers made it very clear they asked protesters to voluntarily go back to camp. Police arrested those who didn't.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem praised officers restraint during the process.
"Hopefully we have persuaded these protesters that our state highways and county highways, private property, is not the place to carry out a peaceful protest. We will stand by that for as long as we have to," says Dalrymple.
"Law enforcement has been in a very difficult position since the very beginning. I think they handled it well and they have been thoughtful under very trying circumstances," says Stenehjem.
Dalrymple says he reached out to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault Tuesday morning to ask the people on the Front Line Camp to move back to the main camp. The governor says that to his knowledge, Archambault has not done that.