Deputy Speaks Out on Fire Hose Use in North Dakota Protests

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A Deputy, under the condition of anonymity, discussed the use of fire hoses at the Canon Ball, North Dakota pipeline protests on a live audio feed with a radio station. posted an audio of an interview with a deputy who was present the night they tried to hold back protesters by spraying them with water from a fire hose, despite freezing temperatures.

The interview, on the radio show of’s editor, Rob Port. Port’s station, WDAT AM970, broadcasted the audio of the deputy who explained what happened that night in detail.

He said, “A fire truck was brought to the scene because of fires set by the protesters, but that it wasn’t safe for the firefighters to engage the flames directly. Because of the escalating violence we didn’t want the firefighters to be out there,” he told me. “I happen to be a volunteer firefighter for the community I’m in so I took the hoses. I went up on the MRAP turret in order to get those fires. They were behind some dump trucks out there.”

The deputy describes  how the protesters were attacking officers.

“There were rocks, chunks of asphalt,” he said. “I know I was hit at least twelve times. There was a gallon jug of water that hit me and fell down into the vehicle and hit another officer in the back of the head that was inside the MRAP.” And the protesters weren’t just throwing things, he said. “We know there were slingshots. I saw nuts on top of the MRAP,” explaining that the “nuts” in question are the metal kind you use with bolts. “I could hear them whizzing by my head.”

The deputy also explained how the fire hoses came into play as a last resort against an overwhelming crowd.

“I know a lot of officers didn’t know how we were going to handle the situation or control it. As people were moving right up to the wire that was in stalled there they were laying plywood logs over the wire and were trying to climb over the top of it. We had the hose there and it seemed like the only possibility, the only way, we could try and push them back. I did use that hose to push back people off the wire. And then used it to push the plywood and stuff they’d laid over back off the wire.”

Below is a link to the radio show interview.

WDAY970 North Dakota Audio


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