Oecti Sakowin, ND – On the night of Sunday November 20, the Morton County Sheriff deployed large amounts of tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and other ‘less-lethal’ ammunition, including a water cannon, upon #NoDAPL water protectors. This happened north of the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806 after the water protectors had tried to remove two burnt military trucks that were blocking the roadway.
Over 160 people were injured as a result of the Sheriff’s use of less-lethal weaponry on the crowd. Several people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition. 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky from New York has undergone surgery for a terrible arm injury suffered by a grenade attack from police.
Several remains of less-lethal munitions shells were recovered by Unicorn Riot reporters at the scene on Highway 1806 that night. All appeared to be products manufactured by Defense Technology, a brand operated by law enforcement vendor Safariland Group. Unicorn Riot reported Nov. 16th that FEMA’s Field Force Operations training manual frequently references Safariland gear.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) November 22, 2016
Early Tuesday afternoon, shortly after a press conference held outside a hospital in Minneapolis about Sophia Wilansky’s injuries, Safariland Group’s website, Safariland.com was taken offline in an apparent Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack.
Twitter user @AzureDeadSec who identified themselves as “working with Anonymous” as part of the group #DeadSec, took credit for taking down Safariland.com.
#DeadSec is generally known for conducting online operations against the Islamic State. @AzureDeadSec told Unicorn Riot: