Bean Bag Rounds, Pepper Spray Being Used On Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

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Authorities trying to force Dakota Access protesters from a camp on private land in the path of pipeline construction are firing bean bags and pepper spray.

State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says officers are responding to “aggressive” tactics by protesters, including some throwing rocks at officers and threatening them.

Fong said she wasn’t aware of any serious injuries to either officers or protesters.

A male protester was seen holding his leg after what an Associated Press reporter described as a loud boom. A protester with a medic bag tended to the man’s leg, and he was up and walking a short time later.

Fong said she wasn’t aware of any serious injuries to either officers or protesters.

Fong didn’t immediately have details of what happened.

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