Three Arrested at Backwater Bridge

By Alison Kelly | akellly@kxnet.com

Published 12/09 2016 03:07PM

Updated 12/09 2016 03:07PM

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Protesters arrested at Backwater Bridge despite agreement to not come on bridge

The Morton County Sheriff's Department arrested three male protesters who breached the barricade at the Backwater Bridge Thursday, December 8th. 

 

The protesters came onto the bridge and after surveying security on the barricade they cross to the north side. 

 

According to Morton County, law enforcement arrived at the scene and arrested the three for criminal trespass. They believe the incident was deliberately staged by protesters as a fourth person who did not cross the barrier videotaped the event. 

 

These arrests come after an agreement between law enforcement and protester camp leadership that officers would pull back their home base in an attempt to deescalate confrontations and allow protesters to peacefully assemble. 

 

"This is concerning in that there appears to be a lack of leadership oversight at the camps," said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. "We had an agreement that we trusted would be abided by those in the camp and it clearly was not."

 

The protesters were then transported to the Morton County Correctional Center in Mandan. 

 

These arrests brings the total to 569 protesters arrested. 

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Protesters arrested at Backwater Bridge despite agreement to not come on bridge

 

MANDAN, ND—Morton County officers arrested three male protesters who breached the barricade at the Backwater Bridge Thursday afternoon. The protesters came onto the bridge and after surveying the security on the barricade, crossed over to the north side.  Law enforcement arrived at the scene and promptly arrested the protesters for Criminal Trespass. It appears that this event was deliberately staged by the protesters as a fourth person who did not cross the barrier was videotaping the entire incident. They were transported to the Morton County Correctional Center in Mandan.

The recent arrests come in light of the agreement between law enforcement officials and protester camp leadership that officers would pull back to a significant distance in an attempt to deescalate confrontations and allow the protesters to peacefully assemble on the south side of the bridge. “This is concerning in that there appears to be a lack of leadership oversight at the camps,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “We had an agreement that we trusted would be abided by those in the camp and it clearly was not.”

Today’s arrest brings the total to 569 protesters arrested. 

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