With the implementation of camera phones, and those cameras getting better and better with each new release, coverage of what would otherwise have been undocumented material is more and more accessible. Such is the case with reporter Erin Schrode, who was ‘lucky’ enough to get footage of her own shooting.
To give you the full low-down: police, who were dressed like this….
used and unwarranted act of excessive force as they shot a rubber bullet at Schrode as she was interviewing a peaceful protester at Standing Rock.
As she said:
“I was shot at pointblank range, dozens were maced and pepper sprayed in the face, hundreds faced freezing waters,” Schode wrote. “There were no arrests or deaths and I will be okay physically, but the safety and wellbeing of many peoples and lands remain in danger, for present and future generations.”
She went on to say this:
“I couldn’t fathom that I’d just been hit. Why would they target me? Why would they shoot anyone?” she said. “There was absolutely nothing violent, aggressive, provocative going on at the protests yesterday.”
The incident happened last Wednesday, and after writing about it on social media, people were quick to try to debunk what happened to her – unsuccessfully. After she found the video footage capturing the incident (she hadn’t realized she had it) she uploaded the “40-second horror” Thursday, and there was no denying its existence.
“I do not wish to divert focus away from the bravery of the Water Protectors, from the power of nonviolent direct action, from the people fighting for their lives and for our futures – but I want you to witness the indiscriminate use of excessive force firsthand. Many have said that militarized police firing a rubber bullet at a female reporter was a fabrication, provoked by violence, or otherwise merited, including a Morton County, North Dakota press release. That is a lie; we have proof and eyewitnesses.”
Booyah to your cover-ups! Watch the video here:
We’re trying not to get too one-sided politically about #NoDAPL on this post and remain neutral so we’ll just leave this quote by Schrode here as a summary:
“I feel the need to speak up about it because I am here, because this is an environmental catastrophe looming, because there is this long history of oppression, because media is getting targeted. That’s why I’m here, for all of those reasons. They’re targeting indiscriminately, they’re targeting to intimidate. I was shot yesterday at point-blank range with a rubber bullet while covering the story. I feel betrayed by the government. I feel disgusted by the lack of action.”
We have been informed that the violent actions of Morton County were not sanctioned by the USACE, but they happened only a day after President Obama said that the USACE was looking into alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the Sioux Nation should “just see how things play out.”
Maybe this is a game like Jumaji that should never be ‘played’ again.
See more of Erin’s photos below:
You can see more coverage and full details on her Facebook.