Another showdown takes place between police and protesters over Dakota Access Pipeline

There was another showdown Wednesday between police and protesters over the Dakota Access Pipeline. This time protesters built a bridge across a creek and attempted to use it to cross over to private land. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department posted a description of the standoff on its Facebook page:

Law enforcement is currently engaged in a standoff on the shoreline of the Cantapeta Creek north of the main camp area. Protesters built a man-made, wooden pedestrian bridge this morning which was pulled apart by law enforcement. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given Morton County orders to remove the bridge and arrest any individuals who cross the river for criminal trespass.

Video posted on Twitter show’s the bridge built by protesters before it was removed by police:

In this clip protesters are wading across the creek and police use pepper spray on them:

Today’s standoff even involved a naval skirmish:

Meanwhile, as Jazz noted previously, President Obama weighed in on the conflict, suggesting that the Army Corps of Engineers might reroute the pipeline, presumably to move it away from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Delaying the project gives environmentalists more time to stage protests like the one today or the one last week during which 141 people were arrested.

Protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline have already become violent. Protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails at police and one woman pulled a gun and fired three shots, narrowly missing a deputy. The woman, identified as Red Fawn Fallis, was charged Monday with attempted murder. She is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.