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NODAPL Warrants Being Resolved

BY BRANDON ECOFFEY


The Water Protector Legal Collective is reaching out to help those who still have an open warrant related to the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. Photo By Rob Wilson. The Water Protector Legal Collective is reaching out to help those who still have an open warrant related to the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. Photo By Rob Wilson. BISMARCK, ND – The Water Protector Legal Collective is reaching out to help those who still have an open warrant related to the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock.

According to the Water Protector Legal Collective, there were a total of 831 arrests made by the state of North Dakota at Standing Rock. Of that total, 578 have been resolved and 58% of those have been dismissed or acquitted at trial. This number has been used by Water Protectors as evidence arrests made were unlawful.

The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) has defined itself as the “on-the-ground legal team for the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock.”

Long after the formal resistance had ended, the work to help those charged deal with the legal ramifications of defending the water was still underway.

The WPLC wants those who have not dealt with their legal troubles to find assistance through them.

“WPLC would like to help everyone resolve their warrants at no cost while we have the resources available,” the organization stated in comment LCT.

The organization is going to reduce its legal staffing starting in July and hope to help as many people as possible before then.

While some fear that engaging in the warrant remedy process could result in them being forced to travel back to North Dakota or serve jail time, the WPLC has said that this is not always the case.

“You may not even need to travel back to North Dakota or make a court appearance. Outstanding warrants can result in arrest and detention in any state in the United States, please reach out to us so we can help you resolve it,” they wrote.

The WPLC has two legal actions filed against those committed violence against Water Protectors

The WPLC has also a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging police violence on the night of November 20-21, 2016, at Backwater Bridge, near the Oceti Sakowin camp and the site of the DAPL pipeline in North Dakota. The case was filed on November 28, 2016, in federal court, as a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons who were injured by law enforcement that night.

In February, 2017, United States District Court Judge Daniel Hovland denied the water protectors’ initial request that he restrict the local sheriff from using water cannons or fire hoses in freezing temperatures, explosives and other dangerous weapons on peaceful crowds. The lawsuit continues to move forward and asks for monetary compensation for the injuries an the violation of the water protectors’ constitutional rights, as well as for changes in local law enforcement practices. The Defendants — Morton County, its Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and other local law enforcement — are asking the court to dismiss the case, and the Plaintiffs’ legal team is currently fighting that motion to dismiss.

You can reach the WPLC at (701) 566- 9108 or email them at WPCriminalDefense@protonmail.com

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