Best Of 2017

Best terrible use of state law enforcement time to oppress indigenous people: Ohio State Troopers

Best terrible use of state law enforcement time to oppress indigenous people

It makes total sense to send 36 Ohio State Troopers to North Dakota to protect a pipeline project that the federal government ordered paused, right? And it makes even more sense to tell media in your state that the officers were “undercover” and refuse to release further information about their activities, even when they are shown on video in uniform engaging directly with Native American activists, right? Wait, actually, none of that makes any sense. But Ohio did it anyway. North Dakota will reimburse Ohio taxpayers for the troopers sent to quash protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the question remains: Why send them in the first place, especially when law enforcement response to those protests has been controversial and fraught with accusations of unnecessary violence?