Moron County Sheriff’s claim badly injured #NoDAPL activist due to propane bottle
November 23, 2016
In yet another lie perpetrated by the Moron (sic) County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement officials are now claiming that the horrific injuries inflicted on a young activist during the “Battle of Backwater Bridge” was the result of a propane tank protesters were using as an improvised explosive device.On November 20, 2016, protesters attempted to remove a barricade on the Backwater Bridge that has been kept in place by police since October 27. Police used water cannons, pepper spray, tear gas, concussion grenades, and rubber bullets as part of their crowd control operation.
During the hours long confrontation, police hosed down protesters in sub-freezing temperatures with water cannons mounted on their armoured vehicles. They later claimed the water cannons were only used to extinguish fires set by protesters, although hours of video footage clearly throws the main target of the water cannons were in fact protesters.
Early in the morning hours of November 21, as the confrontation continued, police threw concussion grenades into the crowd of people on the bridge. Sophia Wilansky sustained severe injuries to an arm and was taken to hospital where she underwent surgery to save her arm.
Bu the Moron County Sheriff’s Department is trying to spin the injury as resulting from some type of improvised explosive device used by protesters:
“We are aware of the information about the woman on social media who has claimed she sustained injuries to her arm due to law enforcement tactics. The injuries sustained are inconsistent with any resources utilized by law enforcement and are not a direct result of any tools or weapons used by law enforcement.” – Lt. Tom Iverson, ND Highway Patrol. Below is a picture of a propane tank found on the bridge following an explosion early Monday morning. Officers witnessed protesters rolling the cylinder on the bridge, saw the explosion and then witnessed protesters running on the bridge to carry a woman from the scene.”
If you look at the propane cylinder, the first thing you might notice is that is intact. An explosion that would cause such severe injuries would most certainly have torn apart the cylinder, but instead it looks like a used and discarded cylinder that has sustained some fire damage.