After Pipeline Protests, North Dakota GOP Introduces Bills to Outlaw Masked Protests and Allow Protesters to Be Run Over

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Editor’s Note: Well, here’s some more b.s. coming out of lawmakers, this time in North Dakota. Not only are they going to exempt people from “accidentally” running over protesters, but they want to attempt to legally bar protesters from covering their faces in a state where the average high temps in December are in the mid-20s.

Really this is just another way of attempting to cancel the First Amendment.

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Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline are shocked over bills introduced by GOP lawmakers which would criminalize road protests, restrict what protesters can wear, and allow the federal govt. to be sued to cover enforcement costs.

Among the bills, one would exempt drivers from liability if they unintentionally injure or kill a pedestrian obstructing traffic on a public road or highway.

GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich crafted the driver exemption bill after his 72-year-old mother-in-law was blocked by protesters waving signs on a roadway.

“They’re intentionally putting themselves in danger,” Kempenich said of the protesters.

Another bill would make it a crime for an adult to wear face masks.

State Republicans said the bills introduced last week were motivated by residents’ frustration with the ongoing protests in the southern part of the state which at times saw a thousand-strong encampment opposing the building of the $3.8 billion four-state pipeline.

“When people are having their lives disrupted, you’re going to see things move up here,” Senator Kelly Armstrong, an oil company executive, and state Republican chair told AP. “It’s very difficult to write ‘protest laws.’ We need to make sure there is reasonable application of the law in all circumstances, whether protest-related or not.”

Another bill would require the state attorney general to sue the federal government to help cover some of the more than $22 million in state law enforcement costs incurred since the protests began last summer. There have been nearly 600 arrests in the region since August.

There is Democratic opposition to the bills. Rep. Marvin Nelson told AP “knee-jerk legislation often is poor legislation.”

The bills were also drafted without consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, according to the tribe’s chairman Dave Archambault II.

“The state claims they want to work closely with the tribe on repairing our relationship with them,” Archambault told NBC. “Clearly that is not happening when legislation that impacts us is being drafted without consultation, consent or even basic communications.”

The proposed legislation comes just over a month after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company funding the pipeline project, a permit to cross the Missouri River, plus a notice that the agency will conduct an environmental review of the site.

“It’s shocking to see legislation that allows for people to literally be killed for exercising their right to protest in a public space,” Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, a nonprofit organization focused on indigenous environmental justice, told NBC.

The bill will be heard by the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on Friday.

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  • elmysterio

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
    assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    So how does these protest laws mesh with that? Clearly, they’re unconstitutional but since the courts are apparently no longer interested in upholding the constitution, there’s not a lot that can be done…

    • dav1bg

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  • dav1bg

    Circulate petitions to impeach the jerks. Should be quite easy to get enough signatures.

  • jimmy joe

    Sounds like the dumbfucks in power in ND want a civil war, with themselves being the very 1st TARGET!! This is what will happen a CIVIL WAR, us AMERICANS against the fascists!! Let me guess, if I decide the govenor is protesting the protesters, which, he obviously is, I can run his punk ass over??? Just more examples of the fascists getting into some sort of power over others, and creating laws for their own agenda’s, with no regard to us AMERICANS!!

    • G’ma G

      The prejudice and antipathy the white people in North Dakota have for Native Americans is driving this. They will support sacrificing their own rights to control others. Prejudiced people are not known for being the brightest crayons in the box.

  • mayday911us.

    It will be done under the context the way New York State did of you cannot protest and have your face covered up with three people.

    Why they did it was because of rioters the looters. But law enforcement was extreme in this protest to protesters. With the latest law of no drones flying over to watch what unfolds.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Ok, cool – I’ve never covered up my face with 3 people. . . 1 young woman, on occasion. . .

      • mayday911us.

        Well how that law actually works is you cannot have three people with their faces covered protesting.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Ahh. . . the way it was written, it read that you couldn’t cover your face with 3 people.

          • mayday911us.

            When protesting you cannot have three people covering their faces that is illegal all of them are arrested.

  • huntress

    Good!! Protesters do NOT have a right to impede my ability to drive on a public road. You want to put yourself in front of a 3 thousand lb car, you get what you deserve! Get out of the way or get run over, you decide!

    • Mjwfutures

      Excactly! Put an end to idiots ashamed of what they’re even protesting & stopping up highways. As far as im concerned this bill gives some power back to the people that actually make society work and take it from the liberal idiots and race baiters.

      • G’ma G

        It’s all great until the laws you are advocating are turned on you and yours which they eventually will be. Then you will just be an old grump boxed into a tiny little world you helped create.

        • huntress

          Well, be my guest to go stand in front of a vehicle and tell me who wins captain genius.

          • G’ma G

            I already have and won

    • G’ma G

      Well aren’t you just the most important person on the planet

      • huntress

        Oh and you apparently are? Who gives you the right to disrupt other peoples lives? How arrogant of you!

        • jimmy joe

          Disrupting lives, eh??? So, the fascist govt, which, you apparently, are in favor of, more big govt, and their oil lobby bosses want to put a fucking pipeline carrying toxic crude right under somebody ELSE’S water supply, and you don’t consider this disrupting peoples lives??? What the fuck are you, STUPID, are you so stupid you can’t see the forest through the tree’s?

          • huntress

            Apparently you can’t stay on topic. No one said a thing about being in favor of big govt. “Toxic crude oil”,…are you serious? What planet do you live on? Uhhh you mean the same oil you put in your flipping car to get from point A to point B. What would you suggest,..horse and buggy. How about those “big govt” windmills that cost millions of dollars, kill hundreds of birds, and puts out 000.4% energy by the year 2024. Is that what you’re suggesting snowflake? How about getting some actual facts about the non dangers of the pipeline. Pull your head away from your fake news network, cnn.

          • tscull

            Yep, these idiots with “toxic” crude oil! Crude oil is a natural product and produced by earth processes, why is it “toxic”? Now it’s true that burning it can be toxic if you are directly inhaling the fumes, (or I guess if you’re stupid enough to drink it) but that isn’t the case in the consumption of fossil fuels, the carbon vapors are simply absorbed by the upper atmosphere and contribute nearly nothing to actual pollution levels or to perceived “warming” overall. As a matter of fact, volcanic activity contributes the vast majority of carbons into the atmosphere, and always has as a “natural” process, but the libs won’t quote actual science, just politically driven “studies” based upon computer models. Also, we would have to cover nearly every available empty space on the planet with these huge windmills in order to even come close to getting the equal amount of power from wind energy as we do from fossil fuels! It’s referred to as “energy density”, meaning how much physical space is needed to produce a certain amount of energy. The libs would destroy the entire natural environment and have people crowded into tiny cubicle living spaces in order to have “clean” energy!

          • jimmy joe

            Not toxic, eh?? Drink it motherfucker, and see what happens!! Lets put it in YOUR water supply then, since you feel so confident that it is not toxic. FYI, cyanide is also a naturally occurring substance, but, you, being the fucking smart guy, already knew that, didn’t you?? I have a wonderful idea, why don’t you test you own fucking theory on naturally occurring substances, and take some YOURSELF!!!

          • tscull

            Ummm, I believe that I did say that it WAS toxic to breath the burning fumes of crude OR to drink it!!! You sound like a real weirdo. Another thing, if you were in the same room with me I guarantee that you wouldn’t walk out straight if you spoke to me the way that you post!!! Chicken shit disrespectful foul mouthed punk!!!

          • jimmy joe

            FUCK YOU COCKSUCKER. I live in Hoback Wyoming, you think your a bad-ass come over here and prove it, BIG GOVT GUY!! PROVE IT MOTHERFUCKER!!

          • jimmy joe

            I have a Louisville slugger just a waiting to meet your head!!

          • jimmy joe

            Again, and I quote “So, I guess, you will volunteer YOUR water supply to put that fucking thing under, right, I mean, certainly, your not going to suggest anything for anybody else that YOU, YOURSELF aren’t willing to do first, right??? Who do you think were protecting the fascists anyway?? I am sorry, I mean the oil lobby.I am also convinced you already knew the original path was near, predominately white, bismark, but the white people were in fear of THEIR water supply being toxic-ally tainted with crude, right?? You knew that, right??? Get a fucking clue, big govt guy!!! You would actually suggest that if that pipeline isn’t threatening Native American people’s water supply, oil would just dry up overnight, nobody gets any, forever?? You, obviously, have no imagination, and would be of the 1st to die, if it did”!! Obviously!!!

          • jimmy joe

            You, obviously, get your info from msm!! hahahahahah!!! Cover the planet…hahahahaha. Something as absurd as that could only come from govt sources, ie. main stream media. How fucking stupid to even suggest it, but you go ahead and believe everything they tell you!!

          • jimmy joe

            So, I guess, you will volunteer YOUR water supply to put that fucking thing under, right, I mean, certainly, your not going to suggest anything for anybody else that YOU, YOURSELF aren’t willing to do first, right??? Who do you think were protecting the fascists anyway?? I am sorry, I mean the oil lobby.I am also convinced you already knew the original path was near, predominately white, bismark, but the white people were in fear of THEIR water supply being toxic-ally tainted with crude, right?? You knew that, right??? Get a fucking clue, big govt guy!!! You would actually suggest that if that pipeline isn’t threatening Native American people’s water supply, oil would just dry up overnight, nobody gets any, forever?? You, obviously, have no imagination, and would be of the 1st to die, if it did!! Obviously!!!

          • jimmy joe

            HOLY FUCK, YOU ARE STUPID. You actually think windmills as being the only alternative to oil???HAHAHAHAHAHA. YOU ARE FUCKING STUPID, big govt guy!!

          • jimmy joe

            You will not be around long when oil dries up, THAT I KNOW.

      • Robert Ferrin

        G’maG ;theres and old saying “never argue with a fool for he will only drag you down to his/her level and beat you, for he/she has more experience..

  • tscull

    I don’t know about the covering of the face thing, but “peaceful protesting” doesn’t include a continuous blockading of roads and public byways that the taxpayers have a fundamental right to be able to access at ALL times, unless closed for some very good official reason. So, the idea that these “protestors” have a “right” to block public roads and jump out in front of drivers in order to prevent them from travel, that is a form of violence and if someone gets hurt by a moving vehicle due to these actions, then it should be their own damn fault!

  • George

    No you don’t have the right to stand in the road and block traffic.
    No we don’t have to put up with violent leftist protestors either.

    • jimmy joe

      Who even said you have to be standing in front of a fucking vehicle anyway, it just states that if I “accidentally” run the fucking gov over I can claim h was protesting the protesters, thereby, allowing me to smear his face with my back wheel!!!