Dozens of protesters who are resisting the pipeline construction in North Dakota have criminal backgrounds, according to an investigation by local authorities.
Here are some of the statistics to date:
- 143 of the arrested protesters have a total of 764 previous citations and charges for illegal activity
- Nineteen protesters have a history of violence including domestic violence and child abuse
- Thirty arrested protesters have a history of theft, robbery, or burglary
- Eighteen protesters have a history of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Twenty-four protesters have been previously cited or arrested for drug possession
It’s been proven that environmental protesters are paid to cause issues, damage equipment and antagonize law enforcement. In fact, according to actual hard numbers, there have been 395 protesters arrested in connection with the riots. Just 9 percent of are from North Dakota, while the other 359 are from 43 other states stretching from Vermont to Florida to California.
Here are some examples of the criminals who are actively participating in the pipeline protests:
Ethan Campbell of Lake Charles, Louisiana was charged with possession of marijuana, failure to obey traffic control, possession of drug paraphernalia and for driving with a suspended license in 2015.
Calvin Hood of Chinle, Arizona has, over the last 5 years, been found guilty of a DUI, driving with a suspended license, failure to appear in court, possession of drugs with intent to sell, and possession of a weapon during a drug offense.
Daniel Hein of Columbus, Ohio has been arrested four times for first degree assault and been arrested four times for first degree domestic violence and once for endangering children. He has a history of drug offenses and was arrested for both theft and burglary.
Charlie Thayer of Minneapolis was convicted twice of first degree burglary in 2005, and in 2007 was found guilty of providing a police officer with a false identification, for which he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
John Middletent of Rapid City, South Dakota, has 17 charges against him, including four assault charges and two DUIs.
Elliot Smejkal of Brandon, Florida was sentenced two 2 years probation for child abuse in 2006, and charged with violating his probation on two separate occasions.
John Nicholson of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania has been charged with possession of marijuana with an intent to deliver, burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, driving without a license, disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting a police officer and for dropping or throwing an object at a sporting event.
Cory Holschbach of Clyde, North Carolina, was sentenced to 30 months probation for manufacturing or delivering marijuana, was found guilty for possession of narcotics, and was charged with possession of narcotics and possessing contraband in a penal institution.
Laura Ann Eastman of Sisseton, South Dakota, was arrested for criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot, charged with driving without a drivers license, and sentenced to 50 days in jail for a DUI back in 2007.
Chad Charlie of Renton, Washington, was found guilty of taking a vehicle without permission, assault, criminal trespassing, theft, and sentenced to 364 days in jail for a DUI and driving without a suspended license in 2012.
Emerson Mandan of Sisseton, South Dakota, was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a DUI, and charged for interfering with a report of domestic violence, 4th degree assault, failure to report a crime, and for being drunk in a liquor store.
Victor Puertas of Provo, Utah, was found guilty of reckless driving, shoplifting, trespassing, charged for illegal possession of prescription drugs, driving with a suspended license, giving false information to a police officer and for driving without a suspended license 6 different times.
Tyler Wade of Albuquerque, New Mexico was charged with domestic violence in 2012, and for a DUI, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2012.
Dallon White of Cloquet, New Mexico, has been charged with disorderly conduct twice, sentenced to 90 days in jail for disorderly conduct, sentenced to 90 days in jail for a DUI and for driving an uninsured vehicle, charged with escaping from police custody, fleeing police and for possession of marijuana, convicted of perjury and for making terroristic threats, and sentenced to 33 days in jail for 3rd degree assault, making terroristic threats and for 1st degree burglary.