In The Guardian, Julia Carrie Wong and Sam Levin write about how the Standing Rock protesters are holding out against extraordinary police violence:
Police violence against Standing Rock protesters in North Dakota has risen to extraordinary levels, and activists and observers fear that, with two evacuation orders looming, the worst is yet to come.
A litany of munitions, including water cannons, combined with ambiguous government leadership and misleading police statements, have resulted in mass arrests, serious injuries and a deeply sown atmosphere of fear and distrust on the banks of the Missouri river.
"Police have acknowledged," they write, "using sponge rounds, bean bag rounds, stinger rounds, teargas grenades, pepper spray, Mace, Tasers and a sound weapon:"
The explosive teargas grenades in use at Standing Rock have been banned by some US law enforcement agencies because they indiscriminately spray people, Lederman said.
"I feel like Morton County law enforcement is experimenting on us," Black Elk said. "It's like they received all this free military equipment and they're just itching to try it out."
H/t to Richard Stallman for the "Blue Lies Matter" title, which seems far more appropriate in this situation than the quaint "Protect and Serve" slogan.