Police: 21 Protesters Arrested West of St. Anthony

Published 09/28 2016 07:02PM

Updated 09/28 2016 07:05PM

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Tensions erupted again in near St. Anthony Wednesday. 
 
According to a press release from the Morton County Sheriff's Department, 21 protesters were arrested today at two construction sites west of St. Anthony:
 
- 21 arrests have been made
- Tow trucks transported 5 impounded vehicles
- People were trespassing on private property
 
The arrests were made for various crimes including resisting arrest, criminal trespass and possession of stolen property. 
When officers responded they witnessed numerous people and horses on private property. 
 
"Our officers are trained to respond to the threats they perceive and to take appropriate action.  A charging horse combined with totality of the situation presented an imminent threat to the officer," said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
 
According to police one protester on horseback charged at an officer. That officer responded by raising his weapon containing bean bag rounds. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier released a statement following the incident saying he believed his officer took appropriate action. 
 
Also in the release, the Sheriff's Department addressed rumors about law enforcement tactics and response. 
One report in particular said a plane flew over protesters and dropped tear gas. 
 
According to Morton County the investigations into this rumor determined it was a crop duster spraying a field.
Total arrests now sit at 95 and Sheriff Kirchmeier said his police department will increase their presence and visibility in southern Morton County.

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