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Eugene Law Firm Sues Police For Excessive Force Against DAPL Protesters

Stephanie Keith

A Eugene law firm is suing law enforcement agencies and the North Dakota County where thousands of Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are camped in protest of the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The class action suit claims excessive force by police against peaceful protesters.

On November 20th, DAPL protesters, who call themselves water protectors, walked onto a bridge that had been blocked by police vehicles. Attorney Lauren Regan with Eugene based Civil Liberties Defense Center says a small group tried to move one of the vehicles.
Regan: “And when they moved that vehicle to the side of the road, law enforcement began arriving in heavy numbers and, basically, what ensued over the next five hours was probably one of the most brutal, unethical, unlawful attacks against non-violent protesters since the 1960s.”
Regan compares it to the civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and fire hoses on protesters. Regan says more than 300 people were injured or sickened. The lawsuit calls on the court for a temporary restraining order against police.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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