An officer drew his weapon and several people were arrested as confrontations over the proposed Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota continue this week. A protester on horseback allegedly charged at the officer, who viewed it as an act of aggression, authorities said Wednesday. The gun was carrying bean-bag rounds, which is less-lethal ammunition designed to incapacitate, according to a Morton County Sheriff’s Department press release.
The incident took place as law enforcement went on to arrest 21 protesters at two construction sites near St. Anthony, a town some 30 miles northwest of where the main Native American protesters are based Law enforcement responded to the protests with specialized equipment and weapons, including armored vehicles. Protesters were arrested for allegedly resisting arrest, trespassing private property, and possession of stolen property.