Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dakota Access pipeline security not licensed privateofficer.com



BISMARCK, N.D Oct 27 2016
For weeks, private security has been actively protecting the Dakota Access pipeline from protesters.
On September 3, a group of protesters confronted and assaulted security officers who used pepper spray and guard dogs to quell the disturbance.
Investigators now say that the private security guards involved in that disturbance weren't licensed to do security work in North Dakota.
Morton County Sheriff's Capt. Jay Gruebele released a statement Wednesday saying results of his office's investigation have been forwarded to prosecutors for consideration of misdemeanor charges.
The clash occurred after construction crews removed topsoil from private land that protesters believe contained Native American burial and cultural sites. The state and pipeline company dispute that any sacred grounds have been disturbed.
Authorities said four security guards and two guard dogs were injured. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says protesters reported that six people were bitten by security dogs, and at least 30 people were pepper-sprayed.
The pipeline company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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